Richard Hannon duo could clash in Middle Park Stakes

Richard Hannon is not ruling out the possibility of allowing his two celebrity juveniles Threat and Mums Tipple do struggle in the Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday week.
Having bounced back with success in the Gimcrack at York last month from beats Ascot and Goodwood, the Cheveley Park Stud-owned Threat stepped up to seven furlongs when landing the Champagne Stakes.
Having now proved his stamina over the trip, the Dewhurst comes into focus.
With connections eager to avoid a battle with Charlie Appleby’s celebrity juvenile Pinatubo, Threat could instead drop back to six furlongs in the Middle Park – projecting a possible battle with his stablemate and 11-length York revenue race winner Mums Tipple.
Hannon said:»Threat has come from Doncaster totally fine. He’s in the Dewhurst and the Middle Park, so we’ll see.
«They (Threat and Mums Tipple) have various owners, so that they might (run against each other).»
Cheveley Park’s managing director Chris Richardson is not currently committing to Group One prize only yet, but confessed the display of Pinatubo on Sunday in the National Stakes has awarded Threat’s team food for thought.
Richardson explained:»He has come out of this race nice. We have got to try and determine where we go next with him.
«I suppose the question is whether to proceed to the Middle Park or even wait for the Dewhurst. We will need to see what ends up.
«He came through the race another day and I believed he’d win by two lengths, but once he struck the front he simply did enough. This was a tiny bit heart in the mouth at the same point.
«Mr and Mrs Thompson (owners) can decide on where he belongs. We don’t want to be preventing one horse as a lot could happen between now and then, but at this point I believe we will probably be preventing that (Pinatubo), with watched him sluice up in Ireland.
«We won’t make any rash choice and we will just enjoy the moment. We do not wish to rush away from 1 horse as they could have bad times, but I suppose we shall just have to see this space and find out how things develop.»