Alan McCabe is confident his star juvenile Caspar Netscher remains at the peak of his powers ahead of the Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes at Newbury tomorrow.
Having made a winning racecourse debut at Beverley at the start of May, many would have expected the youngster’s form to have tailed off by now.
However, the son of Dutch Art has continued to progress, placing in the Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Richmond Stakes at Glorious Goodwood before registering a deserved victory in York’s Gimcrack Stakes.
He has to concede weight all round this weekend and Kieren Fallon takes over in the saddle from the suspended Robert Winston, but McCabe is confident Caspar Netscher will prove up to the job.
“He’s in rude health and all being well, I think he goes there with an excellent chance,” said the Nottingham handler.
“We knew he was decent when he won at Beverley but amazingly, he has matured mentally and physically all the way through the year.
“He showed at York he handles cut in the ground – if anything he was more effective on it.
“He has a penalty tomorrow, which makes life a bit tougher, but we’ve got to go there and we’ll see what happens.
“Unfortunately Robert is banned, but Kieren has come in and had a sit on him and liked him and I’m sure he’ll be a good deputy.
“We’ll wait and see which way the race is run tomorrow and how we get on before we make any future plans.”