Hannon warns Richmond rivals to Watch out for Harbour

Casual Glimpse (number four) wins the Tatler Stakes for Richard Hannon yesterday
Casual Glimpse (number four) wins the Tatler Stakes for Richard Hannon yesterday
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Richard Hannon will today bid for a Richmond Stakes quadruple.

The Wiltshire trainer has won the past three renewals of the Group 2 contest over six furlongs.

Able Speed, Dick Turpin and Libranno have all snatched the spoils in their juvenile campaigns.

And with the highly-regarded Harbour Watch bidding to follow in their footsteps, Hannon is bullish about his chances.

He said: ‘We think Harbour Watch is very good.

‘He is a big, strong colt with bags of scope and while both his wins were gained in the soft he should go on anything.

‘We were actually concerned how he would cope with the conditions when it rained cats and dogs at Salisbury first time out but he won as well as he had worked.

‘He then followed up in similarly impressive fashion at Newmarket.

‘He is one of the best that we have got and, hopefully, he’ll take the next step up the ladder in his stride.’

Also hoping their charge makes the grade are the owners, the Heffer Syndicate.

They were powerless as their star performer Canford Cliffs failed to land a blow against Frankel in the Sussex Stakes and would love Harbour Watch to deliver a morale-boosting success.

Hannon has also entered Eureka, who will be ridden by West Sussex jockey Ryan Moore.

The Everleigh trainer said: ‘He won well over six furlongs at Nottingham and Salisbury.

‘Then he found everything happening a bit quick when trying the five in the Super Sprint at Newbury.

‘He will appreciate going back up in trip.’

Today’s card also features the totesport Mile (3.15pm) and Group 3 Oak Tree Stakes (4.50pm).

The first race goes to post at 2pm and the last is off at 5.25pm. Gates open at 11am.