Richard Hannon believes Paco Boy has the ability to concede weight to this year’s Classic generation in the BGC Sussex Stakes at Goodwood tomorrow.
The Queen Anne Stakes winner has to give 11lb to 1000 Guineas and Coronation Stakes heroine Ghanaati – and 8lb to both Coral-Eclipse runner-up Rip Van Winkle and Prix Jean Prat victor Lord Shanakill.
However the four-year-old is said to be at the “top of his game” for this classic confrontation between the generations following his fourth in the July Cup over an inadequate six furlongs.
“Surprisingly, for a July Cup they did not go that fast early on, and when they did quickened the tempo at half-way Paco Boy became unbalanced in the Dip, which meant that he had set himself an awful lot to do,” the Everleigh trainer told www.richardhannonracing.tv.
“When he met the rising ground he flew home, and Jimmy (Fortune) felt that he would have won in another half-furlong.
“Plenty of horses fail to handle the dips at Newmarket, and, having won the Lennox Stakes so impressively here last year, I think that he will be much happier around Goodwood.
“He did a fabulous piece of work on Sunday morning with Hughesie (Richard Hughes) aboard, and he goes there at the top of his game.
“The three-year-olds get a generous weight allowance, but Rip Van Winkle has been beaten three times this season and I have no worries about taking him on.
“Ghanaati, however, could be a tougher nut to crack – she impresses me more every time I see her and, being a filly, she receives 11lb.
“But, apart from her, I can’t see anything to fear.
“Following the old maxim ’never be afraid of one horse’ we are going there feeling confident that we’ll be in the first two.”