Hughie Morrison has high hopes for Starcat in 2020 after the son of Lope De Vega sparkled when making a winning debut at Kempton.
The 125,000 guineas purchase was sent off a 9-1 chance and accounted for 10-11 favourite Eastern World by three-quarters of a length in a one-mile novice event.
“People keep telling me it was a good time. Timeform gave him a rating of 102 plus,” said the East Ilsley handler, whose charge is available at a general 40-1 for the Derby.
“Wins like that give us something to look forward to, to keep us going through the winter. James Doyle (Eastern World’s rider) couldn’t believe he got beat at Kempton.
“He’s typical of a Lope de Vega (sire) – you have to give them time to recover. They are big, strong things and the racing takes a lot out of them.
“He’ll be put away until next spring now and we’ll look at anything from a Listed race to a Group race.
“He’s not slow. We’ll probably stick to a mile.”
Morrison is looking to give Urban Artist her debut over hurdles at Wincanton on Boxing Day.
The four-year-old filly has won both her bumpers this season, the latest coming in a Listed event at Cheltenham last month.
“She might run at Wincanton next week in a mares’ hurdle. That’s the plan at the moment,” he said.
“She jumps well. She had a week’s holiday at Henrietta Knight’s learning how to jump.
“Henrietta is only 10 minutes down the road so it works out very well.”