De Bruyne Horse has Super test

De Bruyne Horse

Richard Hannon has confirmed De Bruyne Horse an intended runner in the Weatherbys Super Sprint at Newbury on Saturday.

Richard Hannon senior saddled a record seven winners of the valuable prize before handing over the licence to his son in 2014.

Hannon junior struck at the first time of asking with subsequent Group One winner Tiggy Wiggy and the trainer has six contenders for this year's renewal.

De Bruyne Horse appears the stable's number one hope. The Woodcote Stakes winner is set for a drop in class after finishing eighth in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot and fourth in the Railway Stakes at the Curragh, but will carry top-weight of 9st 4lb.

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Hannon said: "De Bruyne Horse will go for the Super Sprint. I have spoken to Tim Palin at Middleham Park (owner) and we have decided to race at Newbury.

"He is also in the Prix Robert Papin at Maisons-Laffitte on Sunday but he would be up against Clive Cox's filly (Heartache) there. She looks very good and I don't think he can beat her.

"He has run in a few good races this season including in the Coventry Stakes and the Railway Stakes. He has performed with credit and not let anyone down.

"I just think that in the Super Sprint, there will be horses that haven't got the ability that he has.

"Although it is dropping back to five furlongs, he has got the speed. He might enjoy passing a few and it gives us a chance to get back to winning ways with him."

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