Hughes: Thunder to rumble
Richard Hughes says Night Of Thunder's turn of foot can be the deciding factor against The Fugue in the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown on Saturday.
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The QIPCO 2000 Guineas winner tried to make use of his stamina when attempting to make all at Royal Ascot against Kingman, but different tactics are set to be employed against another John Gosden-trained superstar this weekend.
Night Of Thunder had to settle for second behind Kingman at the Royal meeting, but Hughes is hopeful of beating the St James's Palace Stakes winner's stablemate at Sandown.
He said: "The Fugue likes to come off a very strong pace and she quickens really well. I've ridden her and in a slow-run race she doesn't quicken quite as well.
"Night Of Thunder, if it's tactical, will probably have a better turn of foot than The Fugue.
"We all agreed that he stays and we had a good look at his pedigree which suggested he will stay and he's relaxing very well.
"He outstayed Kingman in the Guineas if anything and when we went back to Ascot Kingman outsprinted us up the straight.
"We're under no illusions, we know how good The Fugue is, but if there was plenty of rain about before racing and on the day it would be a different story.
"I'll have in the back of my mind that it's his first run over a mile and two, he'll love the uphill rise at the finish and I think it's going to be tactical enough with only five or six runners. I'll drop him in and come with a run."
Hughes isn't so hopeful that Toronado will be able to topple Kingman in a potential clash in the Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood later in the season.
"He'll have to give Kingman 8lb and it's a lot of weight," Hughes told At The Races.
"There's not going to be many runners so that's against me. Tactically, there's not a lot in my favour.
"There's a very fine line in stretching him and then being a sitting duck after giving him a good lead. He's made the running before when winning the Guineas trial, though, and tactically he's very versatile."