Richard Hannon is maintaining faith in Mums Tipple, despite his recent defeat in the Middle Park Stakes.
The son of Footstepsinthesand had previously beaten the smart Molatham at Ascot, before running away with a valuable sales race at York, by 11 lengths.
However, his keenly-anticipated step up to Group One level at Newmarket, ended in disappointment, when he beat only one horse home.
But Hannon reported that he was found to be lame after the race and has now fully recovered.
He told Sportinglife.com: “Mums Tipple never ran his race in the Middle Park, as he got a kick in the gate.
“He has had X-rays on the leg, but he is fine. He is done for the year.
“We will get him ready now for next year and try to achieve what we think he is capable of. That defeat will have made a man of him.”
Stable mate Threat also failed to figure in the finish to the Middle Park, having previously won the Gimcrack Stakes and Champagne Stakes.
Hannon also harbours Classic hope for the Cheveley Park Stud colt, adding: “I think we will probably go back up to seven furlongs and go for a Guineas trial of some description. The Guineas is still on the agenda.”