Kool Kompany won the Craven Stakes as a three-year-old
PICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
By Lewis Porteous 7:45AM 16 AUG 2016
KOOL KOMPANY, winner of the Group 2 Railway Stakes and Prix Robert Papin as a juvenile, has returned to former trainer Richard Hannon after an unsuccessful stint in Australia.
Formerly owned by Middleham Park Racing, Kool Kompany was a big-money transfer to race for a syndicate headed by Neil Werrett, part-owner of the mighty Black Caviar, towards the end of his two-year-old season in 2014 and after initially remaining with Hannon at three, later joined Sydney’s champion trainer Chris Waller in 2015.
Having failed to make his mark at Group level in Australia, Werrett has decided to give Hannon another shot at training the now four-year-old, whose big-race wins in Europe also include the Group 3 Craven Stakes.
“It’s great to welcome an old friend like him back,” said Hannon on Monday. “I’m in France at the moment so haven’t actually seen him but I know the lads will be delighted to have him back.”
Asked how long it might before he is ready to run, Hannon said: “Not that long I hope. He was a star and I hope we can get him back to that level. Neil is a real gentleman and a pleasure to train for.”