Watch out for Harbour

Harbour Watch ridden by Richard Hughes (left) comes home to win the Tanqueray Richmond Stakes

Harbour Watch ridden by Richard Hughes (left) comes home to win the Tanqueray Richmond Stakes

Shantou Village on the way to another Fontwell victory / Picture by Clive Bennett

Village people are happy again at Fontwell

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Champion flat trainer Richard Hannon has kept starlet Harbour Watch in the Emaar Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket on October 8.

The unbeaten juvenile remained one of 28 contenders for the Group 1 contest at the latest declaration stage.

The two-year-old has not been seen since romping to Richmond Stakes success at Glorious Goodwood.

Prior to that he barely had to break sweat when graduating from a Salisbury maiden to win a Newmarket conditions race.

Harbour Watch is also entered in the Group 1 Dubai Dewhurst Stakes on the same card next month.

But Wiltshire trainer Hannon will leave the final decision up to owner Robin Heffer, whose syndicate were behind 2010 Sussex Stakes winner Canford Cliffs.

Hannon said: ‘I’ve kept him in the Middle Park.

‘We’ll leave him in the Dewhurst, too, and we’ll see what the owner decides to do.’

Meanwhile, Hannon is planning a French raid for recent Goodwood scorer Monsieur Chevalier.

The four-year-old colt won the Listed Starlit Stakes in West Sussex earlier this month and is now being aimed at the Group 1 Prix de l’Abbaye at Longchamp.

Conditions at the French track in October are generally on the soft side.

And the Sussex-born trainer knows Monsieur Chevalier, who also holds on entry in the Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes at Ascot, will need more of the same ground this year.

He said: ‘I will probably run him in the sprint on Arc day (the Abbaye).

‘He’s got to have good to soft or soft, so I’ll go where the ground is.’

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