Lysander will try to underline his high reputation and book his place in the Cazoo Derby by taking on six rivals in the British Stallion Studs EBF Cocked Hat Stakes at Goodwood on Friday.
The three-year-old finished third on his Newbury debut in October and then broke his duck for in-form manager William Haggas by scoring by eight-and-a-half lengths in all-weather at Newcastle last month.
His chances for the first Classic have dwindled, and Harry Herbert, president and managing director of owners Highclere Thoroughbred Racing, hopes New Approach’s son can take the next step and jump into the Epsom calculus.
“It’s a big day on Friday with Lysander taking part in the last of the Derby trials,” said Herbert.
“He’s a very exciting horse from what we’ve seen at home, and we’re going to have a look on Friday to see if he’s a Derby horse.
“It’s a very exciting prospect. Roger (Varian) loved his horse (Sonnerie Power) who was third behind him at Newcastle and although it was a small race there were a few whimsical ones and he put the race on. in bed. .
“He comes with a great reputation, but we’ll see. It’s time to find out and then take it to the next level.”
Natural World is no longer in the Derby picture, as Charlie Appleby is dependent on Walk Of Stars and Nahanni for Epsom, but the coach expects him to improve for his third place finish at the Derby Trial in Lingfield.
“Natural World has released two enjoyable efforts to date and has come out of its Lingfield run well,” Appleby told Godolphin’s website.
“He seems to have advanced mentally for this race and any improvement in this performance should make him a great player.”
Lionel, who suffered traffic problems as he remained third at Natural World in Newbury, missed his scheduled Lingfield Derby Trial entry as trainer David Menuisier decided to wait with Lope De Vega’s son .
“I think we would be quietly confident of getting back in shape with Natural World in Newbury,” said Menuisier.
“There’s a lot going his way, to be honest, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed. I wouldn’t want to run him fast, but it won’t be that. It’s about seeing what he does and take it from there.”
Maksud, who represents Hughie Morrison, is racing after winning his only start to date.
Morrison said: “He came from Shadwell’s scatter. He was said to be a good horse by Angus Gold (Shadwell Stud racing director).
“His boy said he was a nice horse, and although I always take everything with a pinch of salt, I was pleasantly surprised.
“Hopefully he’s improved. He had a thick woolly coat when he ran and he’s only starting to get rid of it now. That’s another reason I kept him.”
Carpenter on Goodwood Weather Watch
Elsewhere on a stunning seven-race card, the William Hill Height Of Fashion Stakes is the latest recognized Oaks try.
With thunderstorms possible along the West Sussex coast and light rain expected on race morning, many trainers are watching the skies on the South Downs track.
Menuisier is one of those who would welcome any rain for Ottilien, whose last three races have been on easy terrain in France.
Menuisier said: “We are counting on the storms that arise for Ottilien. She’s a beautiful filly. She won over a mile and two furlongs to two at Saint-Cloud, and she won at Chantilly the other day, beating a good lot. She is in good shape and we are obviously crossing our fingers.
“We left her in the Oaks just in case, but she’s very ground dependent. She wants good to soft ground at least – she wants slow ground for sure.”
Silk Sea Road (Haggas), first winner of Runaway Nottingham, and Emotion, an impressive 16-length rookie goalscorer from Kempton, who is returning from the trip, are likely to be among the main ones in the 10-stay Listed contest.
Moonlight Frolic made the required improvement from last season’s first race by clocking over a mile at Thirsk on her return for Amy Murphy.
The Newmarket handler would also welcome any rain and said: “She’s a lovely filly and she obviously needs to recover from her win at Thirsk and go to Goodwood. I think there are quite a few with profiles similar to her.
“We’ll take a chance and we’ll know where to go going forward. I think she would like a bit of a cut but she’s not ground dependent.”