Kieren Fallon expects Coordinated Cut to take some beating in Saturday's Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster after partnering the colt in a recent spin.
Fallon was aboard Peter Chapple-Hyam's juvenile when he made a winning debut over course and distance just over a month ago and the Irishman is expected to get the leg-up again this weekend.
Speaking at Pontefract today, Fallon said: "He won very well at the Leger meeting. I rode him work the other day and he went well. He must have a good chance."
The bookmakers are not quite so sure and in early shows, Coordinated Cut is as big as 6-1 with Ladbrokes and totesport with St Nicholas Abbey the general 9-4 favourite.
Aidan O'Brien's unbeaten Montjeu colt has been the name on many people's lips for next year's Derby after winning the Beresford Stakes - a race that featured on Sea The Stars' CV as a two-year-old.
The final Group One of the British season usually has a major bearing on the following year's Classics and among a field of 22 are the top four in the betting for the 2010 Derby.
Aside from St Nicholas Abbey and Coordinated Cut, jostling for position are Godolphin's Al Zir, similarly unbeaten in two starts and John Dunlop's Acomb Stakes winner Elusive Pimpernel.
Eddie Ahern rides Elusive Pimpernel and he told At The Races: "The vibes are good and I hear he is in good form. Aidan (O'Brien) has a few in the there and St Nicholas Abbey is favourite for the Derby so it is a hot contest.
"My horse is a lovely, big horse and he's done nothing but improve. I think they will get cut in the ground, which I think is what he needs. Mr Dunlop never rushes his horses, they don't run until they are ready for a run.
"I was told he was one of the best two-year-olds in the yard before and that is how it has turned out."
O'Brien can pick from Air Chief Marshal, Jan Vermeer, Joshua Tree, Midas Touch or Utrillo too, while Chapple-Hyam has another strong to his bow through Morana.
Other promising types include Dancing David, the easy winner at Newbury who represents Brian Meehan, successful last year with Crowded House.
David Williams, the clerk of the course at Town Moor, said: "I have left it at good ground at the moment. The forecast this weekend is very unsettled. There is a band of rain set to come in on Tuesday night and Wednesday.
"It is looking reasonably dry on Friday and there is another band of rain for Saturday, which hopefully will come after racing, but obviously forecasts do change all the time."
Racing Post Trophy
Paddy Power: 9-4 St Nicholas Abbey, 4-1 Elusive Pimpernel, 5-1 Al Zir, Coordinated Cut, 14-1 Joshua Tree, Marfach, Morana, Shakespearean, 16-1 Jan Vermeer, 18-1 Al Ghazal, Musaafer, 20-1 Dancing David, 22-1 Elusive Award, 25-1 Midas Touch, 33-1 Big Audio, Hanson'D, 40-1 Dubai Phantom, Sharaayeen, 50-1 bar.
Sky Bet: 2-1 St Nicholas Abbey, 7-2 Al Zir, 4-1 Elusive Pimpernel, 11-2 Coordinated Cut, 14-1 Joshua Tree, Jan Vermeer, Shakespearean, Dancing David, 16-1 Midas Touch, Morana, Musaafer, 18-1 Marfach, 20-1 Al Ghazal, 28-1 Elusive Award, 33-1, Hanson'D, Sharaayeen, 40-1 Big Audio, Air Chief Marshall, 50-1 bar