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Richard Hannon

Richard Hannon has won the Weatherbys Super Sprint seven times

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Lilbourne Lass leads Hannon's Sprint trio

RICHARD HANNON fires three arrows at this afternoon’s Weatherbys Super Sprint at Newbury as he attempts to scoop the £250,000 pot for an eighth time.

With stable jockey Richard Hughes unable to make the weight on Lilbourne Lass, Jimmy Quinn steps up to ride the yard’s best hope and general 7-2 favourite.

Hughes partners Sandown scorer Biography, while filly Bird Of Light completes the Hannon trio.

“Lilbourne Lass would look to be the one off 8st 1lb,” the trainer said. “Although she is drawn one, If Paradise and Lady Livius were able to win this race for us from that stall. We have purposely kept her fresh for this, avoiding penalties, and although she can be tricky at the gate Gary Witheford will be going down to the start with her.”

Of his two other challengers, Hannon added: “Biography is very much like his grandsire Bold Edge, who was all speed, and will appreciate returning to five furlongs having won over that trip at Sandown before finishing fourth over six at Salisbury.

“Bird Of Light is a sharp filly who has won her only race. She also has a handy weight and is another we shortlisted for this race quite early on.”

Going report

Curragh: Good to firm (watering continues)
Cartmel: Good to firm, good in places
Haydock: Good to firm (watered)
Lingfield: Turf - Firm, good to firm in places (watering); All-weather - Standard
Market Rasen: Good, good to firm in places (watered)
Newbury: Good to firm, firm in places (watered)
Ripon:  Good to firm, good in places (watered)
Newmarket: Good to firm (watered)

Key stats

The last four winners of the Irish Oaks (6.15 Curragh) - Sariska (2009), Snow Fairy (2010), Blue Bunting (2011) and Great Heavens (2012) - were all trained at Newmarket. Riposte, who has been supplemented for the race, is trained at HQ.

Peter Bowen has had four wins, two seconds and two thirds in the Summer Plate (3.30) at Market Rasen in the last ten seasons. Dineur is his representative this time.

Since 2007, William Haggas has achieved six wins and three seconds from just fifteen runners in Ripon handicaps, for a £1 level-stake profit of £28.75. He won the 1m4f handicap (3.45) last year with Guarantee and he bids for a repeat with Fersah.

Pointers courtesy of Raceform Interactive

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