Richard Hannon is eager to see that his 2000 Guineas runner-up King Of Change make his return at Sandown.
The Farhh colt has been a shot to its first colts’ Classic of the season on the Rowley Mile, but outran his possibility to complete a second that is clear supporting the Aidan O’Brien-trained Magna Grecia.
King Of Change has not yet been seen in competitive action since but he is very likely to be a hot order to produce a comeback within this one-mile Listed contest.
“He is in good form and has experienced a nice break since the Guineas. He goes there with a good chance,” stated the Herridge handler.
“I am sure he will come to get the run – he’s been off the trail a very long time, so he’s bound to want it a bit.
“We’re contented with him and it will be helpful to get him moving again.”
King is placed to confront five competitions, with the area headed by Sir Michael Stoute’s South African recruit Last Winter.
The six-year-old was since January of last year, when he was narrowly beaten in a Grade One.
The Godolphin colors are taken by the Wootton and Silver Line of Charlie Appleby out of Saeed bin Suroor’s yard. Prior to finishing fifth at a handicap at York last 25, the latter bolted up.
“He’s been running well, but this looks a challenging race,” his trainer confessed.
“He’s in good condition, is working nicely and I am happy with him. I’m hoping to get a fantastic run.
“Sometimes these Recorded races could be a bit easier than the handicaps, but that one could be difficult.”
The long-absent Prince Eiji and John Gosden’s Celebration Mile runner-up Turgenev of roger Varian are the hopefuls.
The celebrity draw on the undercard in the Esher venue is the Palace Pier.
The Kingman colt might barely have been more impressive with his debut on the length and distance and bids to take a penalty to victory in the Max Patel Wealth Manager under Frankie Dettori.
Gosden said:”He’s been nice and we planned to attend a beginner. It is the day and as he enjoyed the track there last time, we chose to move.
“I have left him at the Dewhurst and that he was very impressive the other day, (however ) you could suddenly see us sneaking over the Channel – unless they lock us out!”