Young Rascal is set to test his Derby credentials in the Chester Vase on May 9.
Runner-up on his only juvenile start at Nottingham in November, the William Haggas-trained colt made an impressive start to his three-year-old season with a dominant success at Newbury.
The son of Intello carries the colours of Bernard Kantor, the managing director of Derby sponsors Investec, and Haggas is keen to discover whether his charge is a legitimate contender for the Epsom Classic by running him on the Roodee.
“My first impression was that we should up him in grade. I think he is likely to go to the Vase at Chester,” said the Newmarket-based trainer.
“Because he is owned by the sponsor of the Derby we have to obviously consider trying to make him a Derby horse.
“He won well at Newbury and the time was good.”
One Haggas inmate who failed to run up to expectations at Newbury was Call To Mind.
The four-year-old, who is owned by the Queen, made his seasonal debut in the Dubai Duty Free Finest Surprise Stakes – better known as the John Porter – and could only finish fourth behind Roger Varian’s Defoe.
Haggas added: “I was a bit disappointed, but they went no gallop.
“He will be fine, though. He might go for the Yorkshire Cup, but he might wait and go for the Henry II at Sandown. We will just wait and see.”