Kinane had been offered his pick of the Marlborough trainer's two challengers, Revelation and Right Win, but has decided to swap Newmarket for Naas, where he is expected to ride for the Aga Khan.
Hannon has now booked Richard Quinn for Right Win, winner of Kempton's Easter Stakes, while in Kinane's absence the Irish connection will be provided by Warren O'Connor, who comes in for the ride on Revelation, the Free Handicap runner-up. O'Connor, who will be riding in an English Classic for the first time, is best known for his association with Eclipse winner Kooyonga.
The headscratching over riding arrangements continued at Punchestown, where there was no enlightenment as to Peter Scudamore's likely successor as stable jockey to Martin Pipe. The trainer is thought to have shortlisted Richard Dunwoody, Adrian Maguire and Charlie Swan, but his reluctance to make an early decision is beginning to chafe with other handlers who are keen to finalise their own plans.
In particular, it seems most unlikely that Pipe's choice will be known before the deadline imposed on Dunwoody by David Nicholson, his principal retainer at present. 'Nobody has been offered a job yet,' Pipe said yesterday. 'I had hoped to see Charlie Swan and Adrian Maguire while I was over here but Adrian has gone on holiday to Sri Lanka.'
Dunwoody could not have advertised his worth more obviously on the first day of Punchestown's Festival meeting yesterday. The champion-elect rode a treble from three mounts, Bayrouge, Viking Flagship (for Nicholson) and Thinking Twice (Nick Henderson).
Angela Knight was fined pounds 1,500 by the Jockey Club's Disciplinary Committee yesterday after she admitted running three horses before she had received their passports.Reuse content