Richard Hannon has three options for Lockinge Stakes
Last Updated: 22/04/15 3:46pm
Having won the Al Shaqab Lockinge with Olympic Glory last season, Richard Hannon could have three runners in this season's renewal.
Last year's 2000 Guineas hero Night Of Thunder, the 2013 champion juvenile Toormore and Shifting Power, second in the Irish Guineas and Prix Jean Prat, could all represent the champion trainer in next month's event.
However, Shifting Power runs in the bet365 Mile at Sandown on Friday which will help decide whether he runs or not.
"Night of Thunder and Toormore definitely run, but Shifting Power reappears in the bet365 Mile at Sandown on Friday and, depending how he performs, he could either go to Newbury or step up in trip," said Hannon on www.richardhannonracing.co.uk.
"There would not be a lot between them. Night Of Thunder, who is now owned by Godolphin, could well start favourite.
"He looked well with Pat Dobbs aboard this morning - James Doyle will be here next week to sit on him before the big day - and the Lockinge has been his target for a long time now.
"It has been well documented that we were far from surprised that he was able to beat Kingman in last year's 2000 Guineas and he was subsequently placed at Royal Ascot as well as the Prix Moulin and the QEII, and, being by Dubawi, he has already clinched his place as a stallion somewhere.
"However, we are looking for a good season from all three horses before they head off to stud. Night Of Thunder is as straight as Olympic Glory was last year, and he'll go very close in the Lockinge.
"Shifting Power has always been a big horse - maybe because of his size is why we managed to buy him for only 25 grand - and though he finished in the frame in both the English and Irish 2000 Guineas, we always felt that he would make an even better four-year-old.
"However, he probably lacked the gear necessary to win a Group One last season, but he has filled his frame through the winter, having been roughed off early after showing that he had had enough for the season at Glorious Goodwood.
"We were also toying with the idea of running Toormore at Sandown, but we have decided to keep him back for Newbury.
"He was champion two-year-old in 2013 and, though things did no go right for him early on last season, he blossomed towards the back-end, being an unlucky third in the QEII, having run really well both at Glorious Goodwood and in Turkey."