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Champion trainer Hannon announces retirement

ESPN staff
November 21, 2013

Reigning British flat racing champion trainer Richard Hannon has confirmed he will retire at the end of the year.

Hannon revealed he will hand over the reins to son Richard Jr, who is also assistant trainer at the family's Herridge Racing stables in Marlborough.

Four-time champion Hannon has written to owners, including the Queen, in order to notify his impending retirement.

The 68-year-old began his training career in 1970 and is a four-time British Classics winner - his most recent being the 1,000 Guineas with Sky Lantern, which in May gave stable jockey and son-in-law Richard Hughes his first ever British Classic win.

With Sky Lantern booked to ride in the Hong Kong Mile at Sha Tin on December 8, Hannon hopes to finish his career with a big triumph.

"It would be nice to finish with one more biggie, and maybe Sky Lantern can make the dream become reality. She is very well and she will love the fast ground out there," Hannon told the Racing Post.

Hannon's favourite horse was Canford Cliffs, which brought him five Group One victories in 2011.

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