Strong hand for Hannon in Irish 2,000 Guineas
RICHARD HANNON last tasted success in the Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas in 2010 with Canford Cliffs, and the trainer has a strong hand for this afternoon's race at the Curragh with Havana Gold and Van Der Neer representing the yard.
Both horses have already run in a 2,000 Guineas this month, with Van Der Neer third behind New Approach at Newmarket, while Havana Gold was fifth in the French equivalent to Style Vendome.
Richard Hannon jnr said of the pair: "They are both in good nick. Van der Neer has done two nice bits of work since he ran so well to finish third at Newmarket and, though he is never spectacular in the mornings, he looked the part when breezing at Herridge on Wednesday morning and the stiff uphill finish should suit him.
"Havana Gold takes his racing well, so, while this comes quickly after his super run in the French Guineas, we feel it is worth the gamble. Jamie Spencer enjoyed such a dream run up the rails at Longchamp that he has actually got there too soon, and the plan is to hold him up longer this time."
On what is a packed afternoon of racing, the Temple Stakes takes centre stage at Haydock, while there are also Flat cards at Chester, Goodwood and York. This evening there is jumps action at Cartmel and Ffos Las.
Cartmel: good, good to soft on chase course on wood side
Curragh: good to firm (watered)
Ffos Las: good
Goodwood: good to soft, good in places on round course
Haydock: good to firm, firm in places
York: good, good to soft in places