Richard Hannon UnibetUnibet ambassador Richard Hannon discusses five of his Saturday runners, who go looking for glory in the big races at Ayr and Newbury.


”..."Mystery Power scoped dirty last time and is capable of putting up a massive show"...”



1:10pm Novice Stakes

Tahitian Prince (Rab Havlin)

He’s a very smart colt by Siyouni, who shows me plenty at home and this looks to be an ideal starting point. John Gosden’s horse looks the one to beat, but carrying a 6lbs penalty won’t make things easy, in which case our runner will be there to try and take full advantage.

2:55pm G2 Mill Reef Stakes

Mystery Power (Ryan Moore)

I really thought he’d win the Vintage at Goodwood last time and even backed him myself but, in hindsight, the combination of bumping into Pinatubo and the fact he came back with a dirty scope, I’m more than prepared to forgive him for that run and we’ve got him right back to where we want him. We’re very lucky that we have lots of very good two year old colts and we toyed with the idea of running Mum’s Tipple in this, but Mystery Power is a top class colt so deserves to take his chance and, despite carrying a 3lb penalty, I really think he’s capable of putting up a massive show and hope he’s good enough to win.


2:40pm Ayr Silver Cup

Magical Wish (Rossa Ryan)

We’ve given him a nice break since Ascot, so he’s a fresh horse and the predicted fast pace in this will really suit as he gets further. Obviously you can never be confident in 25 runner Handicaps, but he’s in good form, will like the ground and is slowly but surely coming back down the weights, so I’m hopeful he can run a decent race.

3:50pm Ayr Gold Cup

Embour (Paddy Mathers)

He ran a great race in the Portland at Doncaster last week, where he wasn’t beaten far at all and we have done absolutely nothing with him since. This is a typically competitive race, but he sneaks in off a nice low weight and I certainly wouldn’t put you off having a go at taking some of Unibet’s money!

5:30pm Handicap

Mordred (Rossa Ryan)

On the whole, he’s pretty consistent and is a very capable horse on his day. I thought he stayed on really well at Windsor last time, which is why I think the step up to 1m5f will suit. It’s often hard for the three year olds against the older horses, but he’s in good form and has been keeping pretty good company all his life, therefore I think he has every chance in this.

Article by Trainer and Unibet Ambassador Richard Hannon and used with kind permission by the Unibet Blog.

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