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Gr1 Winning Trainer John Hammond To Retire This Year
French-based expat trainer John Hammond will not renew his trainers’ licence at the end of the year, reports bloodhorse.com. Hammond has spent his entire 33-year training career working at Chantilly in Paris, and was previously assistant trainer to Andre Fabre. In 2020, Hammond will continue with a few projects including working as the European representative for OTI, part-owners in the Hammond-trained Haky (Muhtathir-Marah Dubai, by Dubawi) who is being aimed at this year’s Melbourne Cup. "He's a little way off making the cut for the Melbourne Cup," said Hammond. "He's in the Caulfield Cup and if he doesn't make the cut for that then he's in the Geelong Cup. I'm going to be doing a bit of work for OTI when I stop and they own half of him. He's a tough, sound horse and I'm sure he'll do a good job for them down there.” Regarding the work with OTI, Hammond said, “I'm effectively going to be their European rep but it won't take up all of my time. Terry Henderson, who runs it, has been tremendously successful in buying European middle-distance horses to race down in Australia. This year alone they have had 18 stakes winners. It's a very well run company with great integrity and that's attractive for me." Hammond is best known for training Montjeu, Suave Dancer, Polar Falcon, and Nuclear Debate. Haky has won three of his 14 starts and was most recently third over 3000m in the Gr2 Prix Kergorlay and second over 3100m in the Gr3 Prix Gladiateur.