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Group Two drop to Suit Strong after Curragh flop

Connections of Strong Suit are still considering the next plan of attack for the youngster following his odds-on reverse at the Curragh earlier this month.

Richard Hannon's chestnut overcame plenty of trouble in running when swooping late to land the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot.

However, he had to make do with third in the Phoenix Stakes in Ireland.

Assistant trainer Richard Hannon junior is adamant the two-year-old was not at his best that day and he could even be dropped to Group Two company to help him regain the winning thread.

"We left him in the Mill Reef Stakes and there is also the Middle Park and the Dewhurst," said Hannon junior.

"He wasn't at his best at the Curragh, for what reason, I don't know.

"He came back and he scoped fine, he was moving fine and the race didn't appear to take too much out of him.

"His performance was disappointing, you can't really deny that.

"We want to get him back to winning ways and the easiest way to do that is for him to carry a 3lb penalty in a Group Two.

"But there are Group Ones available for him and he's a very good horse -- you don't win the Coventry like he did if you're just a nice two-year-old, he's very good."

Also among Hannon's embarrassment of riches in the juvenile division is King Torus, a devastating winner of last month's Vintage Stakes at Goodwood.

A step up to the highest level is on his agenda in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere at Longchamp on October 3.

"He's going to go for the Jean-Luc Lagardere on Arc weekend," said Hannon junior.

"He's won his Group Twos and proven he's up to that level now, so we might as well put a saddle on and go for a Group One.

"The way he does things at home, he's obviously a very good horse as we had no idea what he was capable of.

"He just doesn't do anything at home but when he goes to the races and gets a slap, he's very good."


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