Richard Hannon is not ruling out the chance of letting his two celebrity juveniles Threat week, and Mums Tipple do battle in the Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday.
Having bounced back with success from the Gimcrack in York last month from defeats 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 stamina over the trip, the Dewhurst comes into sharper focus.
However, with connections eager to avert a clash with Charlie Appleby’s superstar juvenile Pinatubo, Threat could instead drop back to six furlongs from the Middle Park – projecting a potential clash with his stablemate and 11-length York revenue race winner Mums Tipple.
Hannon said:”Threat has come out of Doncaster totally fine. He is at the Dewhurst and the Middle Park, so we’ll see.
“They (Threat and Mums Tipple) have various owners, so that they could (run against each other).”
Cheveley Park’s managing director Chris Richardson is not committing to either Group One decoration but confessed the display of Pinatubo at the National Stakes on Sunday has contributed Threat’s staff food for thought.
Richardson stated:”He’s come from the race nice. We have got to attempt to establish where we go next with him.
“I guess the question is whether to proceed to the Middle Park or even await the Dewhurst. We will only have to see what ends up.
“He came cruising through the race the other day and I believed he’d win by two lengths, but when he hit the front he just did sufficient. This was a little bit heart in the mouth at one point.
“Mr and Mrs Thompson (owners) can decide on where he belongs. We don’t want to be avoiding one horse as a lot can happen between now and then, but now I believe we will most likely be avoiding that (Pinatubo), with watched him sluice up in Ireland.
“We won’t make any rash choice and we will just enjoy the second. We do not need to hurry away from 1 horse as they can have bad times, but I guess we will just have to watch this space and find out how things grow.”