Det­tori left grounded after Han­non’s lucky plane es­cape

The Observer - Sport - - Cycling - Chris Cook Kemp­ton

Richard Han­non was one of four pas­sen­gers on a plane that skid­ded alarm­ingly along the sod­den grass land­ing strip at Hay­dock yes­ter­day , crash­ing into an­other plane from which Ryan Moore and Sir Michael Stoute had re­cently emerged. No one was re­ported in­jured in the in­ci­dent be­fore rac­ing but both planes were suf­fi­ciently dam­aged to ground them un­til re­pairs are made. The course was closed to fur­ther air traf­fic.

“My brother was white as a sheet,” said Han­non, who added that he had not been scared him­self. “I was more think­ing, when is this thing go­ing to stop mov­ing so we can get the hell out.” But the Marl­bor­ough trainer was at pains to avoid point­ing any fin­gers over the in­ci­dent. “I’m not blam­ing any­one. We’ve never had any prob­lems land­ing at Hay­dock be­fore and I cer­tainly don’t want them to stop us land­ing there in fu­ture. I trust the people we fl y with and this won’t put me off fl ying again; we just have to fl y around the coun­try in this job.”

An in­ves­ti­ga­tion is to be car­ried out by the Air Ac­ci­dents In­ves­ti­ga­tion Branch.

One con­se­quence of the in­ci­dent was that Frankie Det­tori was pre­vented from fly­ing in at a late stage to take the ride on James Garfield in the Sprint Cup at Hay­dock but, as that horse fin­ished well beaten, he missed lit­tle. The big race fell to The Tin Man , with Oisin Mur­phy re­plac­ing Tom Queally in the sad­dle. Det­tori still had a sat­is­fy­ing day, thanks to the com­fort­able come­back suc­cess by En­able in Kemp­ton’s September Stakes.

Last year’s Arc win­ner had not seen a race­course since her mo­ment of glory in Paris, a knee in­jury in the spring hav­ing been the big­gest prob­lem. She won tidily here in a race that could not have worked out bet­ter for her, as Crys­tal Ocean, her only se­ri­ous ri­val, al­lowed her an easy lead. “She’ll come on quite a bit,” said her trainer, John Gos­den, who reck­oned she had been around 80% fit. Her Arc odds halved to 9- 4 and there seems lit­tle doubt that Det­tori will ride her in pref­er­ence to Cracks­man or Lah Ti Dar .

The dam­aged wing on Richard Han­non’s air­craft which hit an­other plane on Hay­dock’s land­ing strip

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