Chindit trainer Richard Hannon has track concerns ahead of 2,000 Guineas

Trainer Richard Hannon fears the track may not play to Chindit's strengths in the Qipco 2,000 Guineas on Saturday.

Four from five under Rules so far, the three-year-old colt's only blemish on his record came when contesting the Darley Dewhurst Stakes on the Rowley Mile last October.

Ninth that day behind St Mark's Basilica, jockey Pat Dobbs reported the son of Wootton Bassett hung right-handed throughout.

Hannon believes the soft ground was not ideal and he has to try again on a quicker surface, but he has reservations about returning to the venue.

“In terms of the Dewhurst last year, I think the times that day said that it was heavy ground and both him and Etonian (one of his other runners) were struggling the whole way – more so Etonian than this horse," he said.

“I am concerned about the track and the undulations of it, but it’s the Guineas.

"Chindit’s done all his winning on flat tracks and this is vastly different so it is a concern, but I’m fairly certain that his Dewhurst run was down to the ground."

Chindit is an 8-1 chance with official betting partner Betfair, on the back of his neck success in the Group 3 Greenham Stakes at Newbury.

He needed all of the seven furlongs to collar Mehmento towards the finish and Hannon, who won the 2,000 Guineas with Night of Thunder seven years ago, believes it is a good omen.

“He’s great after Newbury. He took a long time to win the race, which says to me that he will have needed that to sharpen him up," he said.

"Our Guineas horses really need their trial – Night Of Thunder and Sky Lantern got beaten in their trials before they won the Guineas – and now Chindit has had that, it’s just a case of keeping him ticking over all week."

The trainer is wary of the Charlie Hills-trained Mutasaabeq, supplemented for the race after a fine victory in a warm-looking conditions contest at the bet365 Craven Meeting on April 13.

Success at the weekend would be particularly poignant following the recent death of his owner Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum.

Jockey Jim Crowley said it would be the perfect tribute to the huge racing supporter, who "left a huge legacy behind."

"I liked the way Mutasaabeq galloped out of the dip and up the hill the other day and the way he put the race to bed very quickly," he added.

“He has only had two runs and we still don’t really know how good he is but he is bred to win a Guineas being out of Ghanaati.

“It’s a tough race as you would expect but he is doing everything right at home and he seems to have come forward for his last run.”

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