Racing: Hannon's five go racing.
Richard Hannon will saddle five runners as he tries to continue his domination of the Weatherbys Super Sprint at Newbury today.
The Wiltshire handler has captured the five-furlong dash for two-year-olds on no less than five occasions and his Don't Tell Mum was beaten only three-quarters of a length in last year's renewal.
If Paradise and Presto Vento were successful for him in the previous two years, while Hannon's other winners of the race, restricted to youngsters who cost 40,000gns or less, have been 'pocket rocket' Lyric Fantasy (1992), Risky (1993) and Miss Stamper (1996).
Hannon's team today is spearheaded by Gamble In Gold, who is berthed against the stands rail in stall 22, while Hot and Godfrey Street are side-by-side in 16 and 17 respectively.
Hannon said of their draws: 'That will do me perfectly. I'd much rather have a middle-to-high draw over five furlongs at Newbury.'
Gamble In Gold disappointed in a Sandown Listed race last time, while Hot is trying for a hat-trick after wins at both Bath and Leicester.
Hannon, who also runs The Snatcher and Lady Livius, sent out Godfrey Street to finish second at Chester last time.
He added: 'Gamble In Gold is a filly I have a lot of time for and she must have a big chance.
'She pulled a hamstring, which set her back a bit, and will only be around 90 per cent fit, but I still think she has a good each-way chance.
'Hot has done nothing wrong, winning his last two, and he is in good order, while Godfrey Street is very quick and also has a perfect position from which to make best use of his speed.
'The Snatcher is very consistent and is in there with a shout, but I think the draw will make things very tough for Lady Livius.'
Bryan Smart is another trainer to have won the race before, having sent out Don Puccini to claim the prize in 1999.
He will be represented by Titus Alone, who comes into the race unbeaten in three starts including a convincing one-length win in the Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot at York.
The Titus Livius colt is drawn in stall ten today and will be ridden by Kevin Darley once again.
Smart said: 'I'm very pleased with him, and he does look a sprinter through and through. I would say he's quicker than Don Puccini, with whom I previously won the Super Sprint.
'Kevin knows the horse well and it won't be complicated - he knows what to do.'
Like Hannon, Rod Millman has a five-strong entry in the five-furlong contest, including Phantom Whisper and the unbeaten Azygous.
Phantom Whisper won the Brocklesby Stakes on his second start of the season but he subsequently injured himself in a Listed race at Goodwood.
He disappointed at Sandown earlier this month, but Millman is expecting more this time. 'Azygous and Phantom Whisper are my main hopes and I think if we hadn't run Phantom Whisper at Sandown he would be really well-fancied,' said the Cullompton handler.
'I think we probably just ran a bit short of work there, and that might just have caught him out a bit.
'If he's back to his best, he will take some beating.'
Azygous will be having his first start on turf after two runs on the all-weather, but Millman is not concerned by the change in surface.
'Azygous has been off for a while as he wasn't quite right when there were a couple of Listed races, and I didn't want to send him to Royal Ascot,' he explained.
Millman also runs Montzando, Bathwick Intyre and Bathwick Prince, and it is Montzando who shoulders top weight of 9st 2lb
Titus Alone, ridden by Kevin Darley, heads into today's Weatherbys Super Sprint unbeaten in his last three races