One of Britain’s most successful racehorse trainers, Richard Hannon Snr, today received the Racehorse Owners Association’s annual Chris Deuters Award.
He is the ninth recipient of the accolade named in honour of the ROA’s former President Chris Deuters, who sadly died in 2008.
The award, in the form of an alms dish, was presented after the organisation’s Annual General Meeting in London, having been decided by the ROA Board and Chris’ widow Antonia.
Richard Hannon was British champion trainer on the Flat no fewer than four times and achieved a century of winners in a season 20 times. He also sent out 32 Royal Ascot winners and trained more than 4,000 winners during a career which spanned 43 years.
Antonia Deuters said: “I am delighted that Richard Hannon is receiving the Chris Deuters Award from the ROA this year.
“His achievements as a trainer before his much deserved retirement at the end of the 2013 season are immense and he has made an enormous contribution to our sport. He also made racing so much fun for his many owners.
“The Hannons are a racing dynasty. Richard snr took over from his father Harry, and his son Richard jnr is now carrying on the great work at the training yard in Marlborough.”
2008: Sir Eric Parker
2009: Jack and Jo Berry
2010: Sir Peter O'Sullevan
2011: Rod Fabricius
2012: Michael Harris
2013: Patricia and David Thompson
2014: JP McManus
2015: Brough Scott
2016: Richard Hannon (Snr)