Tim Easterby is looking forward to getting one-time St Leger hopeful Wells Farhh Go back on track at Newmarket on Saturday in the Randox Health Fred Archer Stakes.
The son of Farhh will make his long-awaited return to action in the Listed prize after recovering from a stress fracture sustained on the gallops in September during his build up towards a shot at the Doncaster Classic.
Despite meeting with defeat on what was to be his final start last season in the Great Voltigeur at York, Wells Farhh Go had previously run out an impressive winner of the Bahrain Trophy on the July course.
Easterby said: “The ground shouldn’t be a problem, when he went down there for the Bahrain Trophy it was quite quick.
“I’ve been very happy with him, I’ve done as much as I’ve wanted with him so we’ll see how he gets on.
“He’s got the entry in the Princess of Wales’s, that might come too soon, but you never know – we’ll have to see how he does.
“I’m just looking forward to getting him going again.”
Charlie Appleby feels Walton Street needs to take another step forward if he is to make his first start in Britain this year a winning one in the mile-and-a-half event.
Appleby said: “He has not run since Dubai in February, but he is ready to get on with it now. This is a good starting point and hopefully he can go forward from here.
“There wasn’t an array of races for him and this was one of the first that came along. He has got a little to find, but he will run a solid race.”
He added: “I think a mile and a half is a good trip for him as we tried him over further, but he didn’t seem to stay. We have not got real big plans for him, but Dubai would be in the back of our minds.”
The Newmarket handler expects 800,000 euro purchase Summer Romance to be tough to beat when she attempts to back up her debut victory at Yarmouth in the Listed Randox Health Empress Fillies’ Stakes.
“We toyed with going to Ascot with her, but we are pleased we didn’t now. The back up would have been too quick, as it came only just over a week after her maiden win,” said Appleby.
“The race at Yarmouth was like a piece of work. She won on soft ground at Yarmouth, but she will certainly be more suited to a sounder surface.
“She came from the Deauville Breeze-Up sale and has done everything we have asked of her and she is the one they have to beat.”
Clive Cox expects the step up to six furlongs to be in favour of recent Bath scorer Star Alexander, who will be attempting to give the Lambourn handler his second win in the race having claimed it back in 2006 with Hope ‘N’ Charity.
He said: “She has run twice on easier ground than this and I hope she will be competitive on a quicker surface. They had a lot of rain at Bath the last day, but it hadn’t got into the ground straight away.
“She ran well on her first start and clearly showed a step forward at Bath last time, so she is entitled to this next step up.
“She is a really nice filly going forward and this is our first step up in class. I don’t think the extra furlong is a worry, I think it will be in our favour.”