Richard Hannon is confident he can land the Sept. 24 Juddmonte Cheveley Park Stakes (G1) at Newmarket for the first time since 2014 with Trillium .
The Wiltshire-based trainer, who landed the race with Tiggy Wiggy in 2014, said: “Since she won at Newbury (in mid-July) she’s changed and she’s massive.
“She kind of surprised me and (jockey) Pat Dobbs how well she won at Newbury and then she went to Goodwood and held the track record for 31 minutes. Then she beat the filly who beat her track record at Doncaster.”
Since finishing second on her debut at Goodwood in June, Trillium has reeled off a hat-trick, with her latest victory coming in the Coral Flying Childers (G2) at Doncaster.
“I’ve always thought she wanted six furlongs. She didn’t settle great in the Flying Childers, but she’s come back from that in great form,” added Hannon. “She is getting better in her mind, and she doesn’t need to improve a lot to take a hell of a lot of beating.”
Aidan O’Brien has won the race four times in the last six years and his challenge is headed by Moyglare Stud Stakes (G1) runner-up Meditate .
Sky Bet Lowther Stakes (G2) winner Swingalong is another race threat.
Ralph Beckett, who trains Lezoo, also saddles 10-1 outsider Juliet Sierra .
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The Amo Racing colt finished half a length behind O’Brien’s Blackbeard in the Darley Prix Morny (G1) at Deauville last month.
“I’m going in there with a horse we know is good enough and I think he’ll run very well,” Hannon said. “He’s lasted all year, is tough and has never looked better—he’s proved himself at the top level.
“I was gutted after Deauville. We were drawn a bit wide and had to come over to the stands’ side and race Blackbeard. At the Curragh I couldn’t believe something beat him by seven lengths as I know what sort of horse he is. He has an excellent chance.
“Blackbeard is a very good horse, he probably beat us fair and square in France, but half a length is the sort of margin to have another go at him with. We’ve everything to gain and nothing to lose.”
Charlie Appleby’s sole representative is Mischief Magic , who is on a three-race winning streak. After finishing third on his debut at Goodwood in May, the Godolphin-owned colt has steadily progressed and his latest success came in the Unibet 3 Uniboosts A Day Sirenia Stakes (G3) at Kempton.