There promises to be “very emotional” scenes in the winner’s enclosure if Berkshire can hit the target in the Betfred Glorious Stakes at Goodwood on Friday.
Paul Cole’s entire looked every inch a top-class prospect after winning two of his three starts as a juvenile in 2013, including the Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot, but his career has been blighted by a string of setbacks.
However, his recent runner-up finish in a Listed event at Newbury was a huge step in the right direction and connections are hopeful he can continue his resurgence in the Three.
The trainer’s son and assistant, Oliver Cole, said: “He’s in great form and we think we’ve got the horse back where he was.
“At Newbury he ran very well, although he could have done with the pace being a bit quicker.
“It is a new test for him a mile and a half, but he always finishes off his races really well, so I don’t see any reason why he won’t get it.
“It would great to see the old Berkshire back. It is a shame when you have a super talented horse and things are stop-start.
“We are very excited and if he wins it will be very emotional.”
With the Charlie Appleby-trained Scottish a significant non-runner after he pulled a muscle, Godolphin rely upon Saeed bin Suroor’s Elite Army.
The five-year-old made a flying start to the year with a Listed win at Ascot and returned to the track to finish second in the Duke of Edinburgh Stakes.
However, he lines up on the Sussex Downs with something to prove after failing to fire at Newmarket.
Bin Suroor said: “He is a nice horse but I was disappointed with him in the Princess of Wales’s Stakes last time.
“We expected something better than that.
“We checked the horse after the race and he is back working well and is doing good at home. Hopefully he will be nice and relaxed to give himself every chance.
“He seems to be back in the right place and we are fairly confident.”
The Roger Varian-trained Mount Logan is three from three at Goodwood and was not disgraced when fourth in the Hardwicke Stakes at Ascot last month.
The Newmarket trainer told www.varianstable.com: “The Glorious meeting has always been the plan with Mount Logan following his fine run at Royal Ascot and I have been pleased with him at home since.
“Twelve furlongs on fast ground appear to be his optimum conditions and while this is a competitive affair, the unfortunate defection of Scottish leaves Mount Logan joint-highest-rated on official figures.
“I hope he can go very close.”
Kings Fete, Ayrad, Loving Things and Majeed complete the seven-strong field.