Darley July Cup runners facing big Threat
Last season's talented juvenile Threat is set to be dropped back in trip with connections now looking at giving him a sprinting test in the Darley July Cup on Saturday.
The Richard Hannon-trained three-year-old captured two Group 2 prizes last season and returned this season with a decent fifth in the St James's Palace Stakes.
But connections of Cheveley Park Stud are now reverting back to six furlongs where he could take on Royal Ascot winners Golden Horde and Hello Youmzain. He would be looking to become the second July Cup winner from the Hannon yard after the success of Mr Brooks in 1992.
"We've actually, at the last minute, put Threat in the July Cup," said Cheveley Park's managing director Chris Richardson on Monday. "I know the Jean Prat was under serious consideration but we're favouring the July Cup.
"We think he's got the speed and he's going to get the ground, while it's a stiff six furlongs and we can always step up in trip again for a Maurice de Gheest over six and a half afterwards."
Reflecting on his comeback run at Ascot, Richardson added: "He never got any cover and ran a bit free for a horse we hoped to get tucked in and ridden to see out the mile. I think he ran well, but his next run could be quite pivotal in directing us as we didn't learn anything at Ascot, which was a bit of a waste of time.
"I know Richard is very sweet on the horse and has been very happy with him since the St James's Palace Stakes."
Threat is 9.00 to win the July Cup.
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