Brian Meehan feels Dancing David will run a “very big race” in Saturday’s Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster.
Meehan won the final domestic Group One 12 months ago with Crowded House and is responsible for another nice colt this year.
Dancing David looked the real deal when scoring at Newbury earlier this month, having previously caught the eye on his racing bow at Salisbury.
Meehan said: “Dancing David has always looked the part at home and we were very confident he would take all the beating at Newbury after his promising debut effort.
“There were strong messages for a number of his rivals in the race, and he pulled nicely clear of them in the closing stages after making virtually all the running.
“The Racing Post has always been the race we have had in the back of our minds for him.
“His work since Newbury suggests he will run a very big race,” the handler told his website, www.brianmeehanatmanton.com.
Peter Chapple-Hyam has won this prestigious prize twice - with Commander Collins (1998) and Authorized (2006) - and is double-handed with Coordinated Cut and Morana.
The former is the most inexperienced horse in the line-up, having won his only start over course and distance, while Morana got off the mark at the third attempt in the Group Three Autumn Stakes at Ascot.
“Both Morana and Coordinated Cut are in good form and tomorrow we will find out where we stand with each of them,” the Newmarket trainer told www.peterchapplehyam.com.
“I am looking forward to the race, although I’m slightly nervous.
“But it is nice to have two horses that are hopefully of the calibre to run in a Group One.
“Morana ran a really gutsy race to win at Ascot last time. This is a tougher proposition, but he handles the ground and should be competitive.
“Coordinated Cut won’t mind a bit of cut in the ground, either. He is a horse we’ve always thought a good bit of and we were pleased to see him win first time up.
“The Racing Post Trophy has been the plan for him for a good while now but it is a big step up in class.
“We have fingers crossed that he is capable of making the jump.”
The Racing Post Trophy is one of the few two-year-old races to have eluded Richard Hannon and his representative Big Audio will be a long shot.
“Big Audio will be one of the outsiders for the Racing Post Trophy, but the ease in the ground is definitely a plus for him,” the Everleigh trainer told www.richardhannonracing.tv..
“He won the Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot on fastish ground, but he has always preferred a bit of cut, and we have given him a break since he won his Listed race at Salisbury in August.
“He will need to improve, but he is a colt with plenty of scope so I hope he will do so.”