Dettori bids for Mill Reef bounty
Shamshon faces the acid test at Newbury as he switches up to Group Two level in the Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes at Newbury.
Trained by Richard Hannon for owner Sheikh Joaan Al Thani, Shamshon will have the assistance of Frankie Dettori as he defends his unbeaten record in the six-furlong contest.
Winner of a Sandown maiden in July, the son of Invincible Spirit followed up with a Listed success at Deauville but will be tackling a distance in excess of the minimum trip for the first time.
Hannon told his website www.richardhannonracing.co.uk: "Shamshon has
always looked the part at home, and, though the form did not work out from the Sandown maiden that he won first time out, he then duly delivered in Listed company at Deauville.
"He now moves up two grades so will need to improve again, but he is a horse with plenty of speed, and, being by Invincible Spirit, you'd be hopeful that he will enjoy the soft ground.
"The extra furlong won't be a problem, and, though he is entered in the Middle Park, we are taking it one step at a time."
Hannon has not won the race since Cool Creek struck gold back in 2005 and he has a second string to his bow in Anticipated.
The Whipper colt narrowly lost out in the Molecomb Stakes at Glorious Goodwood and finished well down the field in the Prix Morny.
Hannon admits stable jockey Richard Hughes will have to ride a waiting race as Anticipated's stamina is open to question.
"Hughesie will have to hold up Anticipated to get the sixth furlong," he said.
"We tried him over the trip in the Morny but the opposition was probably too strong anyway so the jury is probably still out as to whether he stays, but he was actually outpaced early on in the Molecomb at Goodwood and finished his race off well, so there must be a chance that he will last out this longer trip."
Richard Fahey is also double-handed in the race with Supplicant and Rufford taking their chances.
Supplicant arrives on the back of two wins at Ripon, and was impressive in the Champion Two Yrs Old Trophy.
He finished behind Anticipated at Goodwood but had previously been one place in front in the Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Fahey said: "Supplicant's a legend. He's an absolute star of a horse, is getting better all the time and is a real professional.
"He's going from Listed into Group Two company so he has to step up again, so we'll see what happens."
Rufford won on his debut at York in June but has since been beaten twice, most recently in a competitive sales event back on the Knavesmire.
"Rufford ran in the sales race at York but things didn't quite go right for him, he missed a beat as the stalls opened. He also has to step up to be competitive," said the Yorkshire handler.
"I'm hoping he'll go on the slower ground as it will help him because he's a horse that will stay further and he's still learning his trade."
Hot Streak represents trainer Kevin Ryan and owners Qatar Racing.
He won his first two starts at York, including the Listed Roses Stakes, but was beaten into fifth when tried on the Kempton all-weather for the Group Three Sirenia Stakes.
"He'll love the ground. He got very badly drawn at Kempton the other day and unfortunately could never win from that position in a race of that quality, but ran on very nicely," said Qatar racing manager David Redvers.
"He's already won over six and we've got no doubt that he will handle the step up again with no trouble at all, so we're optimistic of a big run."
Andrew Balding fields Trading Profit who was a four-length winner at Windsor on his second racecourse outing.
However, he been off the track since that run in July and Balding admits he may need the outing.
He said: "He had a setback and I think he'll need the run, but I want to get him out and it's only down the road."
Figure Of Speech finished three places ahead of Hot Streak at Kempton, only being denied victory by a short head in a photo with Brown Sugar.
Previously eighth in the Prix Morny, trainer Charlie Appleby believes they learnt plenty about the colt's running style.
He told www.godolphin.com: "I was pleased with Figure Of Speech's run at Kempton Park, when we discovered that he needs to be held up in his races.
"His form is solid and there aren't too many opportunities left for him this season, so we are going to give it a good go on Saturday.
"Hopefully, he will be competitive again."