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Richard Hannon snr honoured

Richard Hannon snr and Jilly CooperOne of Britain’s most successful racehorse trainers, Richard Hannon Snr (pictured with Jilly Cooper), 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.”

Richard Hannon snr follows in the footsteps of past recipients of the Chris Deuters Award – the late ROA President and Council member Sir Eric Parker (2008), former trainer and tireless charity fund-raiser Jack Berry and his wife Jo (2009), the late ‘Voice of Racing’ Sir Peter O’Sullevan (2010), former Goodwood Racecourse Managing Director Rod Fabricius (2011), former ROA Chief Executive Michael Harris (2012), David and Patricia Thompson of Cheveley Park Stud (2013), racehorse owner JP McManus (2014) and racing broadcaster, writer and former jockey Brough Scott MBE (2015).

28 June 2016

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