Final Up to date: 31/07/19 12:04pm
Richard Hannon is assured Royal Ascot runner-up Menace can get again on the successful path within the Qatar Richmond Stakes at Goodwood on Thursday.
The Cheveley Park-owned colt regarded each inch a high-class juvenile within the making when registering a formidable victory on his racecourse debut at Newmarket in early May, and lined up for final month’s Coventry Stakes as a number one contender.
Whereas he misplaced his unbeaten report, Menace solely enhanced his status by ending a half-length second to Aidan O’Brien’s Arizona and he’s prone to be a scorching favorite for a Group Two contest Richard Hannon senior and junior have gained seven instances between them.
“We agreed with the management of Cheveley Park that we were going to miss the July meeting at Newmarket, as it comes a little quick after Ascot, and go to Goodwood instead,” stated Hannon.
“Working back from the Dewhurst is what we decided to do. He is in the Phoenix, the Prix Morny and the Gimcrack. He has all those nice entries, so we can pick and choose our way depending on what happens in the Richmond.”
The horse broadly anticipated to present Menace most to consider is the Archie Watson-trained Guildsman, who was solely a neck behind the Hannon runner when third within the Coventry.
Earlier than that the Wootton Bassett colt had made a spectacular begin to his profession over this course and distance, whereas he was final seen ending fourth within the July Stakes at Newmarket three weeks in the past.
Watson stated: “He’s in good form and we’re hoping he’ll run a good race.”
Charlie Hills saddles two last-time-out winners in Fleeting Prince and Royal Commando.
Different contenders embody Aidan O’Brien’s pair of King Neptune and Royal Dornoch, Andrew Balding’s Symbolize, the Michael Bell-trained Maxi Boy and James Tate’s outsider Dream Shot – one other horse with successful type at Goodwood.
“We did have a discussion over whether to go for the Molecomb or the Richmond and we decided to try him over six furlongs,” stated Tate.
“He is definitely going the precise approach, I simply hope the rain stays away as a result of his one disappointing run got here at Beverley when it poured down.
“If it is dry and he improves for the additional furlong, then you definately by no means know.”