Owen Burrows is looking forward to returning Markaz back to six furlongs for the Goldene Peitsche at Baden-Baden on Sunday.
The four-year-old failed to cut any ice in the Lennox Stakes and the Hungerford Stakes – both over seven furlongs – but he is dropped back in trip to a distance at which he won the Chipchase Stakes at Newcastle for the German Group Two.
Burrows said: “I had a chat with Angus Gold (racing manager) and Sheikh Hamdan (owner) and we just felt he would be much better back over six furlongs.”
The trainer went on: ” He came out of the Hungerford very well and was bouncing after.
“He ran well in the Lennox and the Hungerford but he just came up short in those races.
“We are getting him back over six, without having to carry a penalty, so fingers crossed he can go close.
“It is hard to find six-furlong races over here for them unless they are Group One horses.
“It is good to get him back over six and this looks a good option for him to get a Group Two.
“Paul Mulrennan rode him at Newcastle and he rides him again. I am not saying he won cosily at Newcastle that day but Paul felt there was a nice bit still left in the locker.”
Mick Channon has decided to send Divine to Germany on a recovery mission following her no-show in the King George Stakes at Glorious Goodwood last month.
Channon said: “She tried to go under the stalls at Goodwood and missed the break. The race was gone for her. That was over five furlongs and possibly her better form is over six.
“The race at Goodwood is now history. She is in good form and looks great.
“The ground they say is fast so that should suit her.”