The daughter of Mount Nelson, owned by Qatar Racing, shaped as though an extra furlong would suit when she stayed on well to take third place behind New Providence in the Dick Poole Stakes at Salisbury.
“She’s been training very well and she’s in good form. I think she will enjoy the seven furlongs,” said the Newmarket trainer.
“She’s just got to step up a little on her last run and I think she can do that.
“She’s fully entitled to be there and she will run very well.”
New Providence goes for a second Group success and will be out to continue the fine run of her trainer Hugo Palmer, who rates the Irish filly Lucida the chief threat of several dangers.
“You never want to be frightened of one horse and we’re not, you’ve got them all to beat of course,” the Newmarket trainer said on his blog on StanJames.com.
“But Jim Bolger’s filly Lucida had the look of a filly that was unlucky not to win the Group One in Ireland 12 days ago.
“That said, she has to cross the Irish Sea and she had a hard race in the Group One but I expect she will start favourite and be the obvious one to beat.
“I think my filly will stay seven furlongs, she’s out of a Giant’s Causeway mare which would suggest she’ll stay. And she’s so tough and game and tries so hard which is another tool in her armoury.”
Bolger reports Lucida to be ready to return to the fray after she finished strongly when just a neck behind the Varian-trained Cursory Glance in the Group One Moyglare Stakes at the Curragh earlier this month.
“Lucida is very well and we are expecting her to perform accordingly,” he said.