John Gosden is looking forward to seeing Legends Of War test his powers at a higher level in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot.
The Qatar Racing-owned colt set connections back an eye-watering 900,000 guineas at the Tattersalls Breeze-up sale in April, but could not have been more impressive on his competitive debut at Yarmouth last month.
Gosden feels his youngster has improved for that initial experience and will learn plenty about his capabilities by running him in one of the hottest juvenile races of the season in Berkshire.
“The idea is to go to the Coventry Stakes. He has taken the race very well and he is a relaxed customer,” said the Clarehaven handler.
“I think he has taken a step forward and we definitely learned a lot from his first run. It did look good, but we don’t know the value of the form.
“He had trained nicely into that race, though. It is just a case of taking things one step at a time.”
Legends Of War will doubtless be part of a formidable Royal Ascot team for Gosden.
One of his major hopes is Without Parole, who will put his unbeaten record on the line in the St James’s Palace Stakes.
Gosden added: “He worked last Saturday and we are happy with him. The plan now is to run in the St James’s Palace Stakes.
“The ground was against him at Sandown and we did the minimum of work to go there. He had that bruised foot and he stood in his box for 12 days.
“It was a nasty bruised foot, but he appears in good form and his work was good on Saturday.
“I’ve got lots of respect for the horse that was second in the 2000 Guineas (Tip Two Win). He sets the standard on form, as the 2000 Guineas is the best piece of form of the year.
“He (Without Parole) wants the ground to remain on top, very much so.”