Strong Suit sidesteps Mill mission

Strong Suit was a surprise omission from the final declarations for the Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes at Newbury on Saturday.

Connections of the Richard Hannon-trained colt have decided to save the Coventry Stakes winner for the Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket.

Strong Suit’s last run came in the Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh, where he lost his unbeaten record when he finished third to Zoffany.

“There’s nothing wrong with him. We’ve decided we’d go straight for the other race (the Middle Park),” said Hannon.

The Everleigh handler will still be represented in Saturday’s Group Two by Libranno. He won the Richmond Stakes at Glorious Goodwood but was only sixth to Dream Ahead in the Prix Morny on his latest outing.

“Libranno runs at Newbury and he’s in fine form,” added Hannon.

A field of seven includes the William Haggas-trained The Paddyman, who was second to Libranno in the Richmond.

Ed McMahon saddles Weatherbys Super Sprint hero Temple Meads while North Yorkshire handler Richard Fahey runs Mayson.

The line-up is completed by Jeremy Noseda’s Formosina, Brian Meehan’s Crown Prosecutor and Desert Law from Andrew Balding’s stable.

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