Threat to Swerve Guineas in Favour of St James's Palace

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MGSW Threat (Ire) (Footstepsinthesand {GB}), a winner of the G2 Gimcrack S. and G2 Champagne S., will target the G1 St James's Palace S. on June 20th, instead of the G1 QIPCO 2000 Guineas at Newmarket on June 6th, The Sun reported. The Cheveley Park colourbearer was last seen running fifth in the G1 Middle Park S. behind Earthlight (Ire) (Shamardal) on Sept. 28.

“There's nothing wrong with him, it's just a decision with all of us that he's probably better off on a flat track and it gives him an extra bit of time,” trainer Richard Hannon told The Sun. “I'm very happy with the horse and he couldn't look any better, but he's probably going to have a busy year and they don't really want to go in quick succession to two very hard races.

“He proved himself as a stallion [prospect] last year with the Gimcrack and Champagne and we'd just like to put the finishing touch on that with hopefully a Group 1 during the year and I think that is the best option for him.”

Other Hannon Classic prospects Goffs UK Premier Yearling S. winner Mum's Tipple (Ire) (Footstepsinthesand {GB}) and fillies Dark Lady (GB) (Dark Angel {Ire}), who won the G3 Shadwell Dick Poole Fillies' S., and GSP Cloak of Spirits (Ire) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}), are still greenlit for the 2000 Guineas and G1 QIPCO 1000 Guineas, respectively.

“We've got Mum's Tipple for the race, while Cloak of Spirits and Cheveley Park's Dark Lady go for the 1000,” added Hannon.

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