David Griffiths believes popular veteran Take Cover is nearing top form as he prepares to make his second start of the year in the British EBF Conditions Stakes at Beverley on Tuesday.
The 11-year-old was far from disgraced in finishing a four-and-a-half-length seventh behind leading Royal Ascot hope Battaash at Haydock on his return and Griffiths has opted to bypass an Irish Listed opportunity in favour of this five-furlong heat.
Take Cover is conceding 12lb to each of his four rivals, but connections are confident he can rise to the challenge.
Griffiths said: “We were thinking of going to Ireland with him (Midsummer Sprint Stakes at Naas), but this race fits in better.
“He’s got a lot of weight, but the ground will be ideal and it looks tailor-made for him.
“He’s the class horse in the race and shouldn’t really be getting beat
“He ran well at Haydock, but his work after that has been really good.
“He’s getting back to where he was last year and he’s lost that bit of weight that he needed to.
“He’s totally where he needs to be.”
Judicial represents Julie Camacho and he is on something of a retrieval mission after suffering a troubled passage in Listed company at Haydock after being beaten just a neck on his return in the Palace House Stakes last month.
Steve Brown, Camacho’s assistant trainer and husband, said: “The Palace House was a nice start, but it was disappointing he couldn’t back that up, through no fault of his own, at Haydock.
“We’ve always thought he could be a Group winner and hopefully he’ll get the chance to show that this season.
“He’s very quick and very progressive.”
Line Of Reason, Robot Boy and El Astronaute also line up on the Westwood.