Group One winner Campanologist heads the runners in the Dubai Duty Free Arc Trial at Newbury tomorrow.
However, Godolphin’s five-year-old faces a tough task as he has to carry a 7lb penalty for his two wins at the highest level in Germany this summer.
Monitor Closely was third in the Ladbrokes St Leger last year when trained by Peter Chapple-Hyam and is reported razor sharp by present handler Michael Bell, having had two runs since returning from a lengthy lay-off.
“I think he’s absolutely cherry-ripe now. Provided the ground is decent I expect him to run to the best of his ability,” said the Newmarket trainer.
“It’s a competitive race but we’ve got the horse bang there now fitness-wise.”
Luca Cumani is under no illusions as to the task facing Bauer.
The grey was touched off by a nose in the 2008 renewal of the Melbourne Cup but injury kept him off the track for nearly two years before he made his comeback earlier this month.
He was tailed off on that occasion and Cumani is hoping he shows more of his old sparkle at the Berkshire track.
“Bauer is on the comeback trail and this looks a very hot race for him but we have nowhere else to run him and he needs to race,” said the Italian.
“He’s been off the course for two years so, at the moment, we are just pleased to be seeing him run without any great expectations of the result.
“At the moment we just want to try and get him up to speed again, we have no plans for him.”
Others in a quality line-up are Rainbow Peak, Halicarnassus, Dangerous Midge, Traffic Guard and Saphira’s Fire.
The field has been reduced to eight as Harry Dunlop has decided to give Green Moon what looks an easier option in the Dubai Duty Free Conditions Stakes at Newbury on Saturday.
“It’s a late change of plan. Basically we felt it’s a smaller field and we just want to restore the horse’s confidence back again and he’s in some nice races later on in the year,” said the Lambourn trainer.
“The Arc Trial on Friday looks a pretty tough race, so we felt we’d go for the easier option as such and the ground might be drying out even more by then - that was the other important factor.”