Richard Fahey dominates Weatherbys Super Sprint entries
Last year’s winning trainer Richard Fahey is responsible for 19 of the 88 entries still engaged for the Weatherbys Super Sprint on Saturday 19 July.
Fahey landed the prize for the first time in 2013 with Peniaphobia and his challenge for successive victories in the five-furlong sprint is headed by Bond’s Girl, last seen losing her unbeaten record down the field in the Albany Stakes.
Impressive recent Musselburgh scorer Diamond Creek, and Realtra, who finished second in a Listed event at Naas behind the promising Beach Belle last time out, are two other leading lights from the yard.
Richard Hannon Snr won the race he helped devise seven times and his son Richard Hannon Jnr has eight juveniles entered as he looks to continue the strong family record.
The prolific Tiggy Wiggy, a neck runner-up to Anthem Alexander at Royal Ascot and Empress Stakes second Parsley are the biggest names. Be Bold, Flyball, Doomah, Jimmy’s Girl, L’Etacq and the unraced Renaissant complete Hannon’s octuplet.
William Haggas has twice taken the £250,000 contest and Pillar Box and Willow Creek could represent the Newmarket handler. Kevin Ryan has seven entries including Fast Act and Captain Colby.
Other interesting possible runners include John Quinn’s Al Shaqab Racing & Mr T G S Wood-owned Harry’s Dancer, sprint king Eddie Lynam’s unraced Byzantium and Mick Channon’s Billyoakes. David C. Griffiths, Keith Dalgleish, Olly Stevens and Tom Dascombe are other trainers with multiple entries.
Julian Thick, CEO, said: “We’re thrilled with the level of support from trainers for what is a really unique race.
“Richard Fahey took the honours last year and seems determined to keep the prize in Yorkshire judging by the weight of his entries. Richard Hannon Snr will always be remembered for his achievements here at Newbury and it will be fascinating to see who his son relies on for his first runners in the race.”