Dean Ivory is praying for rain so he can get his smart performers Stake Acclaim and Librisa Breeze back on the racecourse.
The Radlett trainer is reluctant to run Stake Acclaim unless conditions are suitable, because he might risk injury.
The seven-year-old has had long breaks in the past and returned from the longest to date – 517 days – when winning over five furlongs at Newbury last month.
Stake Acclaim holds several entries, including the Investec Dash at Epsom on Saturday, but that would be out of the question unless the heavens open.
“He’s very well – it’s just the weather at the minute,” said Ivory.
“Most of the horses want a bit of cut in the ground. He’s bouncing, but there’s nowhere to go – so we just have to sit tight.”
Ivory knows he has to play the long game.
“You have to be patient – it’s still a long season,” he added.
“If I make one mistake I’d put him off for another 18 months-two years.”
He is planning the likelihood of an autumn campaign with Librisa Breeze, who won the British Champions Sprint at Ascot in October 2017 when he had his favoured soft ground.
That was the last time the grey graced the winner’s enclosure – and he has had only six six races since, the latest at Doncaster in November.
“He’s fine,” said Ivory.
“I’m in no hurry with him – just giving him an easy time at the moment.
“He wants cut in the ground, and you’ll see him more in the autumn. The owner is patient as well.
“I guess the horse will tell us when we can go. We’ll just keep them ticking over.”