Guineas favourite Faydhan could leap straight into Group Two company

Last Updated: 06/07/14 2:59pm

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Paul Hanagan was surprised how green Faydhan was on debut

Paul Hanagan was surprised how green Faydhan was on debut

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Faydhan could leap straight into Group Two company following an impressive debut success at Haydock on Thursday.

The question is whether connections of the John Gosden-trained colt keep him to six furlongs for a race such as the Gimcrack Stakes at York next month or step up to seven furlongs for the Vintage Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.

"He won well. Hopefully he's a nice horse. The choices are whether we stay at six furlongs or go up to seven," said Angus Gold, racing manager to owner Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum.

"He wants faster ground than he got at Haydock. Paul (Hanagan) said how surprised how green the horse was.

"He said if he sharpens up as much as he expects him to he thinks he's got plenty of speed for six, but that he will get seven furlongs and a mile in due course.

"I'll talk to John and just see what the options are, like the Gimcrack and stay over six or whether we take a view now and look at something like the Vintage at Goodwood.

"We'll chew the fat over the various options."

Sheikh Hamdan has another likeable two-year-old in Nafaqa, who was a fast-finishing fourth in the Chesham Stakes on his racecourse bow at Royal Ascot after fluffing the start.

"I haven't spoken to Barry Hills (trainer) for about 10 days but he said after Ascot he said he was going to give him a bit of time," said Gold.

"He is still immature and is not going to rush him back.

"We were originally going look at the seven-furlong maiden at the July meeting (at Newmarket), but Barry has not put him in that so he'll be giving him a bit longer, a couple more weeks."

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