Richard Hannon is hoping his luck doesn’t run out at Goodwood today.
The Wiltshire trainer has saddled 39 winners at the West Sussex course in the past two seasons.
His unrivalled success has seen him win the Dick Hern Trophy in both 2009 and 2010 – for the season’s leading trainer at the venue.
Last term, the triumphs of horses such as Canford Cliffs on the Downs played a major part in Hannon regaining the champion British trainer gong, 18 years after he first took the title.
Now – in his 41st season as a racehorse trainer – he returns, as hungry for winners as ever.
The Sussex-born handler has three entries in this afternoon’s annual curtain-raiser at Goodwood.
And it is the little-known North Star Boy who is the most interesting of the trifecta.
Owned by Robert Tyrrell, the Acclamation colt makes his racecourse debut in the Bet On The Guineas With totepool EBF Maiden Stakes (2.50pm).
Hannon won the race with Casual Glimpse – who quickly rose to a mark of 101 – last term.
And – if the quiet confidence from East Everleigh is to be believed – this could be another impressive two-year-old.
‘We enjoyed a lot of luck at Goodwood last year,’ said Hannon.
‘Hopefully, we can carry on where we left off.
‘We won the two-year-old race last year with Casual Glimpse.
‘And North Star Boy went well enough in a gallop with recent Windsor winner Lord Ofthe Shadows on Thursday to suggest he’ll be hard to beat on his debut.’
Lord Ofthe Shadows has had two races already this season.
The son of Kyllachy was second behind Silverheels at Windsor at the beginning of this month, before returning to the track a week later to record his maiden victory.
Lord Ofthe Shadows has been entered in a conditions race at Chester this week, supporting the trainer’s belief in his stable-mate.
This afternoon’s feature is the Listed EBF Conqueror Stakes (4.35pm) – another of Hannon’s success stories last year.
He saddled Shamwari Lodge to success 12 months ago and will defend the crown with Fleeting Echo today.
The four-year-old has 16lb to find on the highest-rated challenger Anna Salai, who hails from the Godolphin yard of Mahmood Al Zarooni.
Hannon’s final runner is Yashila in the Try The totequickpick If You’re Feeling Lucky Median Auction Maiden Stakes (5.10pm).
The seven-race card opens with the Listed totesport.com EBF Daisy Warwick Fillies’ Stakes (2.15pm), where Polly’s Mark carries top weight.
And ends with the Try The totequickpick On All totepool Bets Handicap at 5.40pm.