Jimmy Fortune is looking forward to getting back in the saddle following a riding ban when he is reunited with Showcasing in the Shadwell Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket tomorrow.
The combination go for Group One glory after running out comfortable winners of the Gimcrack Stakes at York in August.
Now the John Gosden-trained colt takes on four smart rivals in what looks a hot renewal of this prestigious six-furlong contest.
“He was impressive at York. He’s a nice type of a horse and he’s going the right way,” said Fortune.
“It’s a good little race. There are only a few runners but it’s competitive.
“I worked him since and he has progressed. I am really looking forward to riding him.”
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Dwyer was in the saddle when he finished third in the Nunthorpe but he needs to put a disappointing run in the Mill Reef behind him.
“He ran a blinder in the Nunthorpe and the older horses just caught him out for speed over five, but he was staying on all the way to the line and six furlongs that day and he’d have been closer,” said Dwyer.
“He didn’t quite run his race in the Mill Reef for one reason or another but that was a peculiar race and it wasn’t very true run.
“On his Nunthorpe run he’s there with a chance.
“Although there is not a lot of runners, there is a lot of quality and sometimes that is better as there is nothing worse than when you have a good race with a lot of dead wood getting in the way.
“It’s a tough race, I think the Irish horse (Arctic) is pretty decent and is a big danger, but he has been doing all his winning on soft ground.
“My lad is in good form and if he runs like he did at York, he would have a chance.”
Supplementary entry Arctic puts his unbeaten record on the line as he bids to give Irish trainer Tracey Collins success at the highest level following his Group Three win at the Curragh.
“He travelled over very well, he’s arrived safe and sound and we’re happy with him,” said the Curragh trainer.
“It’s a serious race tomorrow. He is entitled to be there but it’s very competitive.
“It is going to be different ground to that at the Curragh but people forget he has won on firm ground already this year. He has been on it before and he has handled it.
“It wasn’t difficult to decide to supplement him and he has definitely improved for his last run.”
Connections of the Godolphin-owned Poet's Voice are not concerned about the colt dropping down in trip after his win in the Champagne Stakes over seven furlongs at Doncaster three weeks ago.
“Poet’s Voice is improving all the time and I am very pleased with him,” trainer Saeed bin Suroor told www.godolphin.com.
“He is a colt with plenty of speed, so the step down to six furlongs should not inconvenience him and we are looking for a good run from him.”
As well as Arctic, Awzaan also defends a 100% record and Mark Johnston is expecting the Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum-owned colt to put up a good performance.
“He’s progressive and has always looked useful,” said the Middleham trainer.
“It’s a very good field. They are all good horses, but if he runs up to his best I’m sure he’ll take a lot of beating.”