Richard Hannon is excited to see his 2000 Guineas runner-up King create his return from a four-month absence from the Chasemore Farm Fortune Stakes at Sandown.
The Farhh colt has been a shot for its colts’ Classic of the season around the Rowley Mile, but outran his huge possibility to finish a clear moment behind the Aidan O’Brien-trained Magna Grecia.
King Of Change hasn’t yet been seen in action since, with Hannon attempting to continue to keep his powder dry for an autumn campaign, but he’s very likely to be a warm order to earn a comeback within this one-mile Listed competition.
“He is in great shape and has had a nice break because the Guineas. He goes there with a great opportunity,” stated that the Herridge handler.
“I am sure he will come to get the run – he has been off the trail a long time, so he’s bound to need it a bit.
“We’re content with him and it will be helpful to get him going again.”
King Of Change is put to confront five rivals, with the field headed by Sir Michael Stoute’s South African sponsor Last Winter.
The six-year-old has been off the track since January of this past year, when he had been narrowly beaten at Kenilworth in a Grade One.
Charlie Appleby’s Wootton and Silver Line carries the Godolphin colors in Saeed bin Suroor’s yard. The latter bolted upon his first start of 2019 at Nottingham in July prior to finishing fifth in a competitive handicap at York.
“He’s been running nicely, but this seems a tough race,” his trainer confessed.
“He is in good condition, is working nicely and I’m satisfied with him. I am hoping for a fantastic run.
“Sometimes these timely races could be somewhat simpler than the handicaps, but that one can be rough.”
Roger Varian’s long-absent Prince Eiji and the Celebration Mile runner-up Turgenev of John Gosden are the hopefuls.
The star attraction on the undercard in the Esher venue is the Palace Pier.
The Kingman colt might have been more impressive with his debut on the course and space three weeks ago and bids to take a punishment to success in the Max Patel Wealth Manager Of Choice Novice Stakes under Frankie Dettori.
Gosden said:”He has been fine and we planned to attend a beginner. It’s the last day racing in Sandown and as he appreciated the track there last time, we chose to proceed.
“I’ve left him at the Dewhurst and that I was very impressive another day, (however ) you could suddenly see us sneaking on the Channel – unless they lock us out!”

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