Sir Percy is taken to reward the patience of connections by landing what promises to be a fascinating renewal of the Emirates Airline Champion Stakes at Newmarket.
Marcus Tregoning’s three-year-old boasts an exceptionally strong CV and looked the real deal when coming from an unpromising position to grab gold in the Derby earlier in the year.
He has suffered with niggling problems since that memorable day but Tregoning is adamant the son of Mark Of Esteem is back in flying form.
While his shrewd handler will no doubt be disappointed that he has been unable to campaign his main weapon more forcefully this year, it does at least mean Sir Percy will arrive at Headquarters a fresh horse.
That could count for a lot, given that many of his main market rivals have endured long seasons, and there remains every chance that we are yet to see the best of the Derby hero.
He promises to be suited by the easy going, and having displayed a lot of speed when finishing a clear second to George Washington over a mile in the 2000 Guineas earlier in the year, there are no worries regarding the step down to 10 furlongs.
Pride and Notnowcato are among those respected but it is anticipated that neither will be able to live with a fully fit and raring-to-go Sir Percy.
Teofilo is confidently expected to maintain his unbeaten record in the Darley Dewhurst Stakes, despite the tremendous strength in depth in the field.
Jim Bolger’s juvenile has created an immense impression in recording four wins to date and underlined his credentials for further Group One glory when landing the National Stakes last time.
Vanquished rival Holy Roman Emperor recorded impressive top-tier successes either side of that contest to provide a massive boost to the form.
The sky really does look the limit for Teofilo, such was the authority with which he dismissed Aidan O’Brien’s charge last time, and he can prove the point and fuel 2007 Triple Crown dreams by claiming win number five.
Punters looking to unearth the winner of the totesport Cesarewitch face an unsurprisingly difficult task but Jamie Poulton’s Theatre should give them a good run for their money.
His Ascot victory last time was his first on the level for over three years but signalled he is running into form at the right time, and with conditions likely to suit, he rates a very sound each-way choice.
He is proven with some cut in the ground, looks an out-and-out stayer and will think he is running loose with just 8st on his back.
Lafi has failed to hit the target since landing a gamble in the Wokingham two years ago but has been knocking at the door this season and looks the classiest option in the totesport.com Catterick Dash at the Yorkshire venue.
He was making eyecatching headway in a good race at Ascot before being stopped in his tracks last time, which suggests he should go close granted better luck in-running.
It would be most disappointing if Moon Over Miami fails to register his hat-trick in the Betfred On 0800 73 11210 Novices’ Hurdle at Kempton, while Caraman is fancied to supplement a recent win in the totesport 0800 221 221 Handicap Hurdle at Stratford.
Montage also makes plenty of appeal after a good recent effort in Wolverhampton’s Christmas Parties At Dunstall Park Handicap.