Wentworth eyes Newbury prize
Richard Hannon's Wentworth attempts to add his name to an impressive roll-call in the Haynes, Hanson and Clark Stakes at Newbury.
Although lacking in true star quality in very recent times, the two-year-old mile conditions race has been a launchpad for four Derby winners in Henbit, Shergar, Shahrastani and Authorized - although the latter pair did not actually win this event - as well as the likes of Rainbow Quest, Unfuwain and King's Theatre.
Wentworth is not as established as some of Hannon's other juveniles yet but there has long been a buzz about the Coolmore-owned Dewhurst entry, who was a promising sixth on his debut at Goodwood before taking the Convivial Maiden Stakes at York.
"We have always thought the world of Wentworth and he showed at York that he learned plenty from his debut at Goodwood, where things did not pan out for him," the trainer told www.richardhannon.co.uk.
"He was doing all his best work at the end of the seven furlongs in the Convivial, so this mile should suit him well, and we think that he is right up there with our top two-year-olds."
Hannon trails Marcus Tregoning as the Haynes, Hanson & Clark specialist.
As well as being a favourite of his mentor Dick Hern, Tregoning has five victories so far including stable favourite Nayef and last year's winner Cavaleiro.
The Lambourn trainer saddles a pair of newcomers in Sweeping Rock and Flashheart.
"It's a race we have been lucky in, but it does look a strong heat with Wentworth and a couple of others in there," Tregoning said.
"I have to say they are two different types. Sweeping Rock will definitely get the trip, but he will improve a hell of a lot for this as he is a bit backward, while Flashheart is more forward
"They are normal types for me in the race, although Cavaleiro had more experience last year."
Godolphin's son of Authorized, Altruism, won a Newmarket maiden last time, while an update on Brian Meehan's website reported a "big run" was expected of Sandown scorer Etijaah.
It said: "He steps up a furlong in distance and possibly a chasm in class, but those battling qualities will bring him into the argument."