In recent weeks, gloom had descended on the yard which last season welcomed back 182 winners and pounds 1.25m in prize money. Hannon's strike-rate plunged while his string resisted the best that veterinary science could throw at them. The trainer's despondency was such that going to the races was beginning to feel like a chore, as one runner after another did not run badly, but failed to find a winning kick when it mattered.
'We have blood tested them and everything else,' he said, 'but we still can't find out what is wrong.'Reuse content