Richard Hannon is not ruling out the prospect of letting his two star juveniles Threat week, and Mums Tipple do struggle in the Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday.
Having dropped back with success in the Gimcrack in York last month from beats at Ascot and Goodwood, the Cheveley Park Stud-owned Threat awakened into seven furlongs when landing the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster on Saturday.
Having now proved his endurance over the excursion that is longer, the Dewhurst comes into sharper focus.
With relations eager to avert a battle with the celebrity juvenile Pinatubo of Charlie Appleby, Threat could rather drop back to six furlongs from the Middle Park – projecting a possible battle with his stablemate and 11-length York sales race winner Mums Tipple.
Hannon stated:”Threat has come out of Doncaster absolutely fine. He is at the Middle Park and the Dewhurst, so we’ll see.
“They (Threat and Mums Tipple) have various owners, so that they can (run against each other).”
Cheveley Park’s managing director Chris Richardson is not currently committing to Group One prize but confessed the display of Pinatubo on Sunday has contributed Threat’s team food.
Richardson said:”He has come out of this race nice. We have now got to attempt to determine where we go with him.
“I assume the issue is whether to proceed to the Middle Park or wait for the Dewhurst. We will only need to find out what turns up.
“He came through the race the other day and I thought he’d win by two lengths, but once he struck the front he just did sufficient. This was a little bit heart from the mouth at the same point.
“Mr and Mrs Thompson (owners) can make the decision on where he goes. We don’t wish to be avoiding one horse for a lot can happen between now and then, however at this point I think we shall most likely be avoiding that (Pinatubo), with watched him sluice upward in Ireland.
“We will not make any rash choice and we will just enjoy the second. We do not wish to hurry away from one horse as they could have bad days, but I guess we shall just have to watch this space and find out how things develop.”
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