Major Guineas hope for Hughes
Richard Hughes has the plum ride of Trumpet Major to look forward to in the Qipco 2000 Guineas on his first week back from a 50-day ban.
Richard Hannon's stable jockey and son-in-law had to sit out Trumpet Major's win in the Craven Stakes over the full Rowley Mile at Newmarket last week due to the hefty suspension handed to him by stewards in India.
However, Hughes is free to return to race riding from Monday.
Ryan Moore, who partnered Trumpet Major to his latest success, is said to be in line to team up with one of Aidan O'Brien's runners in the colts' Classic on Saturday week.
"It's a case of keeping him ticking over until next Saturday and then Hughesie gets back on board and then off we go," the trainer's son and assistant, Richard Hannon junior, told Channel 4.
"Ryan Moore is riding one of Aidan O'Brien's I think. Hughesie's our man so he rides it. He'll go well hopefully."
Roger Charlton is hoping the weather is going to improve ahead of Top Offer's Classic bid.
The Beckhampton handler took the Khalid Abdullah-owned colt out of the Greenham Stakes at Newbury last week because of the soft ground.
"He looks great and I'm very happy, but we're going into the unknown," said Charlton.
"I'd like the ground to dry up a bit, maybe after Wednesday it will, so we will see."