Frankie Dettori hopes he can maintain his unbeaten record aboard Advertise when the pair are reunited in the Qipco 2000 Guineas at Newmarket.
With his intended mount Too Darn Hot missing the race through injury and stablemate Calyx also swerving it, Dettori will bid for a fourth win in the mile Classic on Saturday aboard the Martyn Meade-trained Showcasing colt.
The three-time champion jockey is currently two from two on Advertise, having partnered him to glory in last year’s Group Two July Stakes and at the top level in the Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh.
Dettori said: “ I was on Too Darn Hot – then we tried with Calyx. Oisin (Murphy) had the ride on Advertise – but John (Gosden) is running Kick On for Qatar Racing, who Oisin is retained to, so it has been a bit of musical chairs really.
“He is a nice horse that is consistent. He is a massive price for what he has done. He was second in the Coventry, has won a Group One and was second in the Dewhurst.
“There are only three Group One winners in the field, and he is one of them. I’m very positive about him, and if he has retained that ability from last year he will be in the shake-up.”
Although Advertise is yet to race beyond seven furlongs, Dettori – whose last victory in the race came aboard Galileo Gold in 2016 – is confident the extra distance should not prove beyond his mount.
Dettori added: “People have said he might not stay because he is by Showcasing – but he got seven well in the Dewhurst, so he has not got much to go.
“I always felt like six was too short last year – and that is why I made good use of him in the Phoenix – but he run a super race in the Dewhurst.
“It looks a wide open Guineas – there are seven or eight in with a shot of winning, and I am one of those. It helps that he has raced at the track before, and his form is rock solid.”
Judging by his previous experiences aboard the Phoenix Thoroughbred-owned colt, Dettori is optimistic about a bold bid in the Guineas.
He said: “He hasn’t run this year – but he has had the racecourse gallop with Oisin (Murphy), and I’ve heard he has done well. I heard he is a big unit now, but he was always a big two-year-old anyway.
“He is a very kind, straightforward horse – and he has got a massive temperament. He has got a nice, smooth action and he travels well.
“He has got a nice of change of gear. He is solid and honest and is not shy of a fight – all of which is what you want in the Guineas.
“I’m only going on what I felt last year – how he is going and how he has wintered I don’t know – but I’m looking at the black-and-white form, and he is up there with the best.”
Simon Crisford’s Sporting Chance, expected to be among Advertise’s weekend opposition, pleased his trainer in a Newmarket gallop alongside high-class stablemate Jash on Wednesday morning.
Crisford said: “The gallop went super well, and I’m delighted with Sporting Chance.
“He was just having an easy piece of work prior to the 2000 Guineas.
“He is a stuffy type of horse that needs a fair bit of work, and I was pleased with the way he finished the work.
“He is a massive price, and deserves to be in the mix.”