Trainer Richard Hannon has revealed he favours aiming Qipco 2,000 Guineas favourite Harbour Watch at the Middle Park Stakes on 8th October rather than the longer Dubai Dewhurst Stakes on the same day.
The unbeaten horse would travel well over the 6 furlongs of the Middle Park Stakes and justifiably be backed by horse bets but it is feared he could fade when confronted with the 7 furlongs of the Dubai Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket.
Harbour Watch impressed with a good win in the Richmond Stakes at Goodwood last month, and while both group 1 races are a viable option for him, Hannon admitted the shorter distance would suit him better given the experienced field including Top Offer that would surround him in the longer race.
“The horse has definitely come on again since Goodwood, but he has the experience under his belt and one more run this year would suffice,” Hannon said on his website.
“David Redvers, who manages the affairs of Pearl Bloodstock, the part-owners, has said that it will be either the Middle Park or the Dewhurst, but Roger Charlton’s Top Offer is reported to be going for the Dewhurst and I would prefer to wait until next year before taking him on.
“I was very impressed with Top Offer when I saw him win at Newbury, so if I have my way it will be the Middle Park. We are confident that Harbour Watch will stay the Guineas mile, but we can always start stepping up in trip in the Greenham next year.” He added.
Son of Acclamation, Harbour Watch is the 8-1 horse betting favourite for the 2,000 Guineas next year, ahead of Power at around 12/1 and Fencing at 16/1.