The prospect of a run in the coveted Coral-Eclipse at Sandown Park in early July faces Douglas Whyte and London News following the South African star's fact-finding mission to England. Whyte returned to Hong Kong in time for last night's Sha Tin meeting and worked London News at the state-of-the-art stables of top trainer Barry Hills at Lambourn. A planned gallop at Newbury racecourse was cancelled because of the firm ground and Whyte walked and rode round Ascot, where London News tackles the Prince Of Wales' Stakes at Royal Ascot 48 hours after the curtain comes down on the Hong Kong season. Success in the Prince Of Wales' Stakes would see Whyte pitched into one of English racing's glamour events, the Coral-Eclipse, where traditionally the younger horses meet their older rivals for the first time. 'I was a bit in the dark about it but Mr Hills, the owner, and Alec Laird [former trainer of London News] were discussing it. It hinges on a good run at Royal Ascot but if he does well there, the plan is to take him to Sandown Park. 'I am certainly very, very pleased that I went, even though it was such a rushed trip. London News pleased me a lot and certainly pleased Mr Hills because he really saw the horse wake up and do quite a bit. 'There is a nine-furlong gallop and it rises quite sharply. London News did the work very well and I know it has brought him on a lot - just like the last gallop did in Hong Kong before the Queen Elizabeth II Cup. He is going to be primed and ready for the Royal Ascot race,' said Whyte. The jockey is expecting to be in England for three weeks and Hills has said there will be rides available for him from his Manton base. 'I was originally intending to return to South Africa for the Rothmans July, but if London News runs in the Eclipse I will be in England,' he said.