Joint-trainer William Muir has been buoyed by a "sensational" piece of work by stable star Pyledriver ahead of his defence of the Coronation Cup.
(This article was originally published on 17.05.2022)
The five-year-old gave the yard its first Group 1 in the race twelve months ago, battling on bravely to deny Al Aasy in a memorable renewal under Martin Dwyer.
His run at Epsom in two and a half weeks' time will be his first on British soil since November, having gone globetrotting on his three most recent starts.
He was last seen at Meydan in March, where he finished fourth in the Dubai Sheema Classic, enduring a troubled passage in the straight under Frankie Dettori. Prior to that he had run at both Sha Tin in Hong Kong and Riyadh in Saudi Arabia.
With Dwyer still on the sidelines, Dettori will get the chance for redemption from Meydan, with Epsom also likely to tee up another global campaign.
The King George and Arc are both on the radar, before a possible tilt at the Hong Kong Vase, a race he finished second in last year.
Speaking about the aforementioned piece of work, Muir said: "He covered a mile and a half and he was sensational. I was absolutely buzzing when I got off the track. He's in a really good place."
Muir added: "It will be tough because there are good horses in there. Sir Mark Prescott has made no secret of the fact he's sending Alpinista, who was unbeaten last season, and we know how good Adayar is.
"We know our form with Hukum, who we've bumped into quite a few times, so I just hope things go swimmingly for the next few weeks."