UK’s exit from EU is main topic of conversation among trainers and attendees at horse-racing event

In the end, it wasn’t a bad journey for John McConnell and Hannon. Trainer and horse survived the 10-hour trip by road and wind-whipped ferry from McConnell’s yard in County Meath, Ireland, and were well-rested before Hannon’s start in the 1.30pm at Cheltenham on Friday.

“The journey wasn’t too terrible,” said McConnell. “He’s travelled well, he ate and drank on the way, which is great. He’s had a good chance to rest and he should be fine.”

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