The son of Oasis Dream has disappointed on a few occasions in the past but may be a different proposition now he is a four-year-old judged on his comeback success at Dundalk.
Dermot Weld’s gelding steps up to a mile and three-quarters for the first time this weekend and Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to owner Khalid Abdullah, hopes it will be the making of him.
“He’s stepping up in grade but he’s a horse we always had a good opinion of,” said Grimthorpe.
“He won nicely at Dundalk in April and we always saw him as a possible stayer.
“This race will tell us a bit more about where we are with him.”
The John Dunlop-trained Times Up and Ed Dunlop’s Red Cadeaux travel over from England to contest the Group Three prize.
The latter was badly hampered when fourth at Pontefract last time and Dunlop is hoping compensation awaits.
“Red Cadeaux would definitely appreciate any juice still being in the ground, and you can forget his run at Pontefract last Sunday as it was an unsatisfactory race,” the trainer told his website www.edunlop.com.
“He was almost knocked over just when he was coming with his challenge in the last furlong, otherwise he would have gone very close, and being none the worse for that experience we decided we have nothing to lose by giving this race a shot.”
An eight-runner field is completed by Admiral Barry, Nebula Storm, Zerashan, Penthesilea Eile and Admiral Of The Red.