x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

Syndicate looks at more energy from Krypton Factor at Newbury

The horse missed the July Cup and faces a stalls test overnight, the outcome of which decides whether he takes his chance, writes Geoffrey Riddle.

Krypton Factor during a training session at the Meydan Racecourse in Dubai. Jaime Puebla / The National
Krypton Factor during a training session at the Meydan Racecourse in Dubai. Jaime Puebla / The National

Krypton Factor's connections live in hope that the 2012 Dubai Golden Shaheen winner can gain immediate compensation for missing out on a run in the Group One July Cup at Newmarket last week.

Krypton Factor faces five rivals in the Group 3 Hackwood Stakes at Newbury on Saturday after he reared in the stalls to trigger open his gate ahead of Europe's premier sprint, which was dominated by Lethal Force and Society Rock, who also finished in the same order as in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot in June.

According to the rules of British racing, Krypton Factor missed the race and faces a stalls test overnight, the outcome of which decides whether he takes his chance.

"We were expecting a very big run at Newmarket and the horses that beat him into third at Ascot finished first and second," said Oliver St Lawrence, racing manager to owner and trainer Fawzi Nass.

"It is a tough race, but hopefully he will get a confidence booster and remember what winning was like."

Krypton Factor will once again be partnered by Luke Morris and faces as his main danger Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid's Heeraat, who will be ridden by Paul Hanagan.

Hamza, who was well beaten at Newmarket, also lurks in the field and could help to cut out the early speed that Krypton Factor so craves.

Win or lose, Krypton Factor could well renew rivalry with Lethal Force, who remains on course for a run in the Prix Maurice de Gheest over six and a half furlongs at Deauville is 15 days, although the Lennox Stakes at Glorious Goodwood in 10 days is also under consideration.

The Curragh stages the Darley Irish Oaks on Saturday night when Talent, the English Oaks winner, lines up against seven others including Lady Cecil's Riposte, owned by Prince Khalid Abdullah of Saudi Arabia.

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