John Gosden is eyeing the Pavilion Stakes at Ascot as a likely comeback target for the long-absent Calyx.
The Kingman colt looked every inch a future superstar when winning the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot last June, but missed the rest of the season through injury.
Gosden reports Calyx in rude health ahead of his return to action, but feels it would be unfair to ask his charge to run in the Qipco 2000 Guineas first time out and views the Pavilion Stakes on May 1 as a more suitable starting point.
“He’s in good form and is getting close. I don’t think you’d bring him straight to a Guineas, but I’m very happy with him and he’s probably about two weeks off a race now,” said Gosden.
“I think he’ll be put in both the Commonwealth Cup and the St James’s Palace (at Royal Ascot). We’ll discuss it with the owner (Khalid Abdullah) and everybody as to which way to go.
“You might want to start him out over a little shorter. He’s been off a very long time since sustaining an injury last July, so to that extent it would make an awful lot of sense to start over the six (furlongs) at Ascot in the Pavilion Stakes.”
The Clarehaven handler also issued an update on his potential Derby candidate Dubai Warrior.
The three-year-old made a big impression on his only previous outing at Chelmsford, but has since suffered a setback.
Asked whether he could run in next month’s Dante Stakes at York, the trainer added: “It might come a bit soon. He got a nasty little crack in his hoof and we’re having to let that grow out a bit and then we’ll be in action.
“It slightly came out of the blue from nowhere and we’ll just wait to get the horse 100 per cent right before we make any firm plans.”