Criterion target for Harbour
Last season's top juvenile Harbour Watch is set to make his reappearance in the John Sunley Criterion Stakes at Newmarket on June 30.
Trainer Richard Hannon has found things difficult with the unbeaten colt, who has been sidelined since winning the Richmond Stakes at Glorious Goodwood and will not make Royal Ascot.
"He did a nice breeze this morning up the grass with Kieren O'Neill aboard, and he is moving like his old self," the trainer told www.richardhannonracing.tv.
"However, it would have been too much to ask to bring him back in a Group One and why run with a penalty in the Jersey, so it would make more sense to skip Royal Ascot altogether and take advantage of an extra 10 days and go instead for the Criterion, in which he gets no penalty.
"The July Course will suit him well, and it looks the perfect comeback race and should put him spot-on for the Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood, where doubtless we will come up against a certain Frankel.
"We have been patient this long, so why rush Harbour Watch, and David Redvers, who manages the Qatar Bloodstock affairs, and Robin Heffer, who still owns a half-share, are both in full agreement.
"Harbour Watch has been off a long time now - since he won the Richmond Stakes at Goodwood last summer - but, though he had several little problems behind which caused him to miss the Dewhurst, since the turn of the year he has made steady improvement, and I have been really pleased with him this last month or so."