Hannon double kick-starts Dick Hern defence

Richard Hughes leads Jehanbux, left, to victory at Goodwood yesterday
Richard Hughes leads Jehanbux, left, to victory at Goodwood yesterday
Fourth Act and Harry Cobden on their way to victory on Sunday. Picture: Fontwell Park

Fontwell glory caps fine weekend for duo

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Richard Hannon kick-started the defence of his Dick Hern Trophy crown with a double at Goodwood yesterday.

The Wiltshire handler has held the gong for the past two seasons after establishing himself as the leading trainer at the track.

Hannon drew a blank as flat racing returned to the Downs on Saturday.

But he roared back to winning ways yesterday, teaming up with stable jockey Richard Hughes to land the first two races on the card.

Hughes, who was not at the season opener, rode 11/4 favourite Jehanbux home in the 32Red Handicap Stakes, then followed up on 4/1 contender Crown Dependency in the EBF Goodwood Maiden Stakes.

Hughes completed a treble on board 15/2 shot Spice Fair in the last – the June 17th Evening Racing Stakes – which turned out to be the best race of the card and could have gone to any one of four runners on the line.

The Royal Sussex Regiment Maiden Stakes brought a second Goodwood success of the week for trainer Luca Cumani and jockey Jean-Pierre Guillambert with 15/8 favourite Dubai Queen.

It was also a winning afternoon for three different Sussex trainers.

The Golf At Goodwood Fillies Stakes went to Arundel’s John Dunlop with a storming run from Beatrice Aurore, ridden by Ted Durcan, who went off as 4/1 second-favourite.

There was joy for Brighton’s Gary Moore in the Federation of Bloodstock Agents Stakes as George Baker guided 9/2 shot Mymumsaysimthebest to victory.

And the Three Friday Nights Maiden Stakes also went to a Sussex handler, Amanda Perrett, who would have been delighted to see Actionfront ridden first past the post by Eddie Ahern after going off at 16/1.

Next up at Goodwood it’s another midweek affair on Wednesday, May 18.