Nigel Tinkler is hoping for rain to give Kaeso a shot at Ascot’s Moet & Chandon International Stakes.
The five-year-old showed his well-being with victory at Doncaster at the weekend, for which he picked up a 3lb penalty that ensured his place in Saturday’s maximum 29-runner Heritage Handicap.
Kaeso also has strong course-and-distance form to fall back on, having finished third to Cape Byron in the Victoria Cup at the Berkshire track in May.
“He won nicely on Saturday – he’s come out of the race fine, and we’re looking forward to next Saturday if we get a bit of rain,” said Tinkler.
“He needs that, or a lot of water. If it’s firm, he won’t be running.
“He obviously likes the track – a straight course suits him.”
Tinkler has provisionally booked Hollie Doyle, who has won twice on Kaeso this season and was also on board at Ascot in the spring.
“Hollie gets on well with him – and she will ride him again if we run,” said the North Yorkshire trainer.