TRAINER Richard Hannon was on Wednesday predicting another bold show from Canford Cliffs in Saturday's Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, despite continued market weakness for the triple Group 1 winner.

The classy son of Tagula was made a firm favourite earlier this week to add the QEII to his victories in the Abu Dhabi Irish 2,000 Guineas, St James's Palace Stakes and Sussex Stakes, but shock 2,000 Guineas winner Makfi is nowthreatening his position at the head of the market for the Sony-sponsored 1m contest.

Stan James, who described Makfi as being "all the rage" for the QEII, on Wednesday made him 13-8 (from 2) joint-favourite with Canford Cliffs, who was eased from 5-4. The move followed Coral's decision on Tuesday to offer 13-8 about both market leaders.

Paddy Power clipped the Mikel Delzangles-trained Makfi into 15-8 (from 2), while pushing Canford Cliffs out to 6-4 (from 11-8),

Hannon, however, is content with the condition and form of Canford Cliffs and thinks he will be hard to beat on Saturday, providing there is not too much rain at Ascot.

He said: "Obviously, the big race is still three days away and horses can change quickly, but we will have him scoped and if his reading is good I see no reason why he should not be very hard to beat at Ascot.

"A drop of rain would not bother us, though I'd rather we did not get too much as that would favour Makfi, but there are no easy Group 1 races and we know that Canford Cliffs will have to be bang on song to see off what looks very hot competition."

Canford Cliffs certainly looked in good shape during his final gallop, according to his trainer, who said after he worked under Richard Hughes in company with Angel's Pursuit: "You could not be anything else but happy with that."

Makfi claimed the scalp of Canford Cliffs's stablemate Paco Boy and the mighty Goldikova in the Prix Jacques le Marois - the richest 1m race in Europe - last time, but Hannon is focused on the star of his East Everleigh stable.

"I am just concentrating on my horse, and I have seen Canford Cliffs improve so much both physically and mentallysince Royal Ascot," Hannon added on his website.

"He was difficult to settle in the spring, but he now relaxes so well and looks a million dollars.Tony Gorman, my head lad, has described him as a beast and he is probably right."

Cape Blanco will not take on Canford Cliffs in the QEII, Aidan O'Brien confirmed on Wednesday. The trainer's team will be headed by Rip Van Winkle, with Cape Blanco heading to the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.