Estidhkaar: has not been seen in action since the start of MayPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Estidhkaar could return in Sir Henry Cecil Stakes
RICHARD HANNON is readying a strong challenge for this week's July festival at Newmarket, with the returning Estidhkaar spearheading the team.
Not seen since failing to fire in the Qipco 2,000 Guineas when 14th of 18 with the ground deemed too quick post-race, the colt has been freshened up and could take in the Listed Hastings Direct Sir Henry Cecil Stakes before stepping back up in class.
Hannon, speaking in this week's Racing & Football Outlook, said: "We've given him a break and he's ready to run again, with the Sir Henry Cecil Stakes at Newmarket on Thursday a possibility if he gets his ground. The Prix Jean Prat is a serious option and we'll also look at the Lennox Stakes at Goodwood."
Royal Ascot winner Illuminate is on course to run on Friday, and Hannon thinks the Albany victor could be tough to stop again. He added: "The plan is to run her in the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes at Newmarket, where I expect another bold show."
Norfolk third King Of Rooks is also under consideration for the Group 2 Arqana Stakes over six furlongs, but Hannon is more minded to keep the colt over the minimum trip.
"He's in the July Stakes, but the downhill five furlongs of the Molecomb at Goodwood looks ideal as he's pure speed," the trainer said.
Read more on Richard Hannon's team in Tuesday's Racing & Football Outlook