The three-year-old probably just about needed the outing but at one point looked like winning when sent for home 2f out. Unfortunately, lack of sharpness told late on and allowed the winner to battle by 150 yards out to hold on for a half-length victory.
That was on a par with previous speed figures and a repeat effort would see him in the mix once more under conditions which suit well, with the stable's horses continuing in blistering form.
He has a tremendous record here, remains in brilliant heart and his stable have carved out a wonderful reputation for keeping horses of his ilk fit and well in their latter years. He is no good thing from a wide draw, but the market may view his stalls position too harshly and he could still take a hand.
Again rested for 115 days, it appears a concerted plan by connections to arrive here fresh and keep the winner of nearly a third of his races sweet.