Big interview – Trainer John ‘Shark’ Hanlon on Finding a Superstar

Trainer John ‘Shark’ Hanlon has confessed he’d “travel the world” for a horse like his Boodles Cheltenham Gold Cup contender, Hewick, found in a local sale “five minutes down the road.”

Hewick: The Tough Contender

Describing the nine-year-old Hewick as “tough as nails,” Hanlon marvels at the horse’s resilience, having earned over £600,000 despite costing just €850.

Buzz in the Yard

Hanlon and his team are buzzing with excitement as they gear up for a second bid for Gold Cup success, with Hewick leading the charge and inspiring the entire yard.

A Remarkable Journey

Purchased at a nearby sale in Goresbridge, Hewick has soared to victory in prestigious races like the American Grand National and the Ladbrokes King George VI Chase.

Hanlon’s Insights and Plans

Hanlon highlights Hewick’s versatility and resilience, expressing confidence in their upcoming Gold Cup bid and considering future races like the English Grand National.

‘Shark” Hanlon pictured during todays media visit
Pic : Lorraine O’sullivan

Optimism Despite Challenges

Reflecting on Hewick’s past performances and potential, Hanlon remains optimistic, acknowledging the challenges of adapting tactics and managing ground preferences.

Partnering Options

With regular jockey Jordan Gainford injured, Hanlon weighs his options, considering riders like Gavin Sheehan and Rachael Blackmore to guide Hewick to victory.


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