Richard Hannon: set to field four runners in Saturday's 2,000 GuineasPICTURE: Getty Images
Don't write off Bronterre in Guineas says Hannon
TRAINER Richard Hannon warned punters on Friday not to discount 33-1 chance Bronterre in Saturday's Qipco 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket.
Hannon, who is also set to be represented in the Classic by Trumpet Major, Redact, Coupe De Ville, has been impressed with Bronterre in the build-up to the big mile contest.
"Bronterre has been working so well recently that I would certainly not rule him out," said Hannon.
"He absolutely flew in his last two gallops - last Saturday and again on Wednesday -and, though he was disapponting in the Greenham at Newbury, I noticed that he had his mouth open for the first two furlongs so we are running him in a cross noseband and I am sure that it will make a difference.
"My one worry with him is the ground. I know that he won on easy ground at Goodwood last September, but the going is likely to be vastly different at Newmarket and I am just not sure whether it will blunt his speed."
Hannon, who has won the 2,000 Guineas three times, added he has no such ground worries for Craven Stakes winner Trumpet Major, who will be the mount of Richard Hughes.
"He seemed to cope with easy ground well enough on his comeback run in the Craven Stakes at Newmarket last month and could not have won more impressively," said Hannon on his website.
"There are plenty of horses who simply cannot handle the dips and ridges at HQ, so it is a big plus that our fellow has that valuable course experience."
Trumpet Major is no bigger than 9-1 while Coupe De Ville, due to be partnered by Paul Hanagan, is available at 50-1 and Redact at 150-1.