Hannon shrugs off luckless opening with Glorious double

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Shantou Village on the way to another Fontwell victory / Picture by Clive Bennett

Village people are happy again at Fontwell

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Richard Hannon notched his maiden Glorious Goodwood victory with Ivawood yesterday.

And then quickly claimed a second as Shagah capped an impressive change in fortune for the Wiltshire trainer.

Hannon, who gained his own licence when his father retired at the turn of the year, had a luckless first two days at the prestigious South Downs meeting.

He saddled eight horses to places but a first victory eluded him.

Many had expected him to seamlessly follow in the footsteps of his father, who sent out a raft of winners at the festival.

And while he may have endured a slow start, yesterday proved the yard has lost none of its potency.

Ivawood stretched his unbeaten record to three with victory in the Group 2 Richmond Stakes.

The two-year-old son of Zebedee, an outstanding juvenile who was trained by Richard Hannon snr, was quickly quoted as short as 8/1 for the 2,000 Guineas next season.

And a delighted Hannon was refusing to rule out a tilt at the Classic with the colt, who returned the 2/5 favourite in the six-furlong sprint.

The trainer said: ‘Physically he looks streets ahead of a lot of two-year-olds.

‘We will probably keep him at six furlongs, although seven is an option and he looks a Guineas horse until proving otherwise.

‘We don’t need to do a lot with him – he’s fit now and all we have to do is keep the ball rolling until the Prix Morny, or Middle Park or Dewhurst Stakes – or wherever we go.

‘We’ll let the dust settle but he will now go for a Group 1, whether at six or seven furlongs. The Morny comes a little soon.

‘His dad won the Molecomb Stakes at this meeting over five furlongs but this horse is different from his dad.

‘Physically he is very different – at two his dad wasn’t very big and was much sharper. This horse has loads of speed but has a lot more scope than Zebedee.

‘I would say he is one of the best two-year-olds we have – I don’t like to say he is the best but he is up there.’

Shagah’s 15/8 victory in the EBF British Stallion Studs New Ham Maiden Fillies’ Stakes ensured Hannon put the first two days firmly behind him.

He said: ‘This is a happier occasion but the other horses have run well and we were very proud of Toronado (second in the Sussex Stakes).

‘I’m a very lucky man and have nothing to be sad about. I’m delighted to have my first Glorious Goodwood wins.’

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