Richard Hannon’s consistent three-year-old was supplemented for the prestigious 10-furlong Group One contest yesterday, with owner John Manley forced to fork out £50,000 (€60,817) for the pleasure of seeing him attempt the trip for the first time.
However, after victory over a mile in the Prix Jean Prat at Chantilly, connections have high hopes of stretching his stamina.
“Ryan (Moore) rode him in the Guineas where he made the running, I went to France on him when Andre Fabre’s Derby horse (Lope De Vega) quickened past me and he felt one-paced,” said Hughes. “At Royal Ascot he made the running with two of Aidan O’Brien’s who finished second-last and last. The winner (Canford Cliffs) and third (Hearts Of Fire) came from the back and he finished second so he showed there that he stayed.
“I’ll ride him to get the trip and if he has a turn of foot over a mile-and-two, he’s going to be a serious horse.”
Godolphin have two chances with Cutlass Bay and Cavalryman, with the latter also having the option of the Prix Gontaut-Biron at Deauville on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Ante-post market leaders Midas Touch and Rewilding are among 18 horses left in the sportingbet.com Great Voltigeur Stakes at York on Tuesday at the confirmation stage.
Irish Derby runner-up Midas Touch is among a five-strong team from the Aidan O’Brien stable. The others are Await The Dawn, Bright Horizon, Flying Cross and Joshua Tree.
Rewilding finished two places and more than four lengths ahead of Midas Touch when third to Workforce in the Investec Derby.
The Godolphin-owned colt, who has not raced since the Epsom Classic, and German Derby victor Buzzword, are both trained by Mahmood Al Zarooni.
Other Voltigeur possibles include potential Leger candidates Total Command, Dandino, Ted Spread and Monterosso.
Harris Tweed, ante-post favourite for the Ebor, and Rebel Soldier are also still in the Group Two contest.