Cupid firing ahead of Trophy

Mark Johnston revealed Winged Cupid is back to full fitness ahead of the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster on Saturday.

Mark Johnston revealed Winged Cupid is back to full fitness ahead of the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster on Saturday.

Johnston’s unbeaten juvenile developed a foot abscess last weekend but has recovered from that setback to take his place in the Group One contest on Town Moor.

“Everything’s fine for him now and there’s no reason to think he won’t run a good race,” said the Middleham handler.

“He had a bit of a hiccup last weekend when he suffered an abscess but he’s over that now and has been cantering at home and going along well.”

Johnston’s two-year-old looked a very bright prospect after winning over a mile in a Sandown maiden on his racecourse debut in August.

He then followed up with an eyecatching two-length success at Newbury in September, which earned him a quote of 33-1 with Paddy Power for next year’s Vodafone Derby.

Although Winged Cupid’s two victories have come on fast ground, Johnston is hopeful his charge will handle the soft conditions at Doncaster.

“We obviously know he has the ability but we won’t know how he will handle the ground until Saturday,” added Johnston.

“You would have to think that it could be an advantage though because he is bred to go over soft conditions.”

While he is likely to be an interesting possibility over further than a mile next season, Johnston refused to be drawn into the possibility of Winged Cupid being a possible Derby contender in 2006.

He added: “The fact is we’ll be over the moon if he wins a Group One and we are not too bothered at this stage thinking about whether he can stay a mile and a quarter or a mile and a half.”

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