Michael Bell admits Mont Agel has plenty on his plate in the Racing Post breezeupbonus.com Craven Stakes at Newmarket tomorrow.
The Danehill Dancer colt dives straight into Group Three company after winning a Windsor maiden on the second of his two starts in the autumn.
“I could do with a touch more rain for him as he could do with easier ground,” said the Newmarket trainer.
“But he’s a really nice horse and we are dipping our toes in the water to see where we are going with him. This is a hot race and on the ratings he’s got a bit to find.”
Meanwhile, Brian Meehan reports Racing Post Trophy fourth Dancing David to be in great shape ahead of his reappearance.
“He has done very well through the winter and I am looking forward to running him,” said the Manton-based trainer.
“I was very pleased with his effort in the Racing Post Trophy last year – you could not ask for better, really.
“After the Craven, he is in the English and Irish 2000 Guineas but we are not leaning one way or the other at the moment.
“We will see how he does on Thursday before deciding whether he goes back to Newmarket but we are very pleased with him and we think a lot of him.”
Morana was a length and a quarter behind Dancing David in fifth spot in the Doncaster Group One and his trainer Peter Chapple-Hyam is hoping for a good show from the Alhaarth colt, who he feels will eventually benefit from more of a stamina test.
“Everything has gone really well through the winter,” said Chapple-Hyam. “We have had no problems with him whatsoever and he is in really good form, which he would need to be against Elusive Pimpernel, who I think could be the 2000 Guineas winner.
“We would have every chance if you took him out but of course you cannot be frightened of one horse.
“Morana is a nice horse but he is more of a stayer than a miler, in my opinion. He is so well at the moment that we might as well run him.
“He would need to win for us to consider going back there for the 2000 Guineas but we are hoping for a good run before stepping him up in distance afterwards.
“He is in the Dante at York and the hope, although it is a long way off, is that he might prove to be a horse for the Derby. It might be a pipedream but you never know.”
Lucky General has his first start since winning over £950,000 (€1m) in the Goffs Million Sprint at the Curragh last September and trainer Richard Hannon is confident the step up to a mile will not be a problem.
“Elusive Pimpernel is the form horse, but we need to find out whether Lucky General stays a mile, so this is the perfect race to start him off,” the trainer told his website www.richardhannonracing.tv.
“He was a big two-year-old, so we gave him time to come to himself in the spring, and I have been pleased with his recent work.
“He was a star last year and looked good when he won the Goffs Million Sprint, and while there are doubts about the trip, on pedigree I see no reason why he won’t stay.”