Dean Ivory is happy to give Librisa Breeze a crack over seven furlongs in Group company in the Qatar Lennox Stakes at Goodwood on Tuesday.
The Mount Nelson gelding produced a tremendous turn of foot for jockey Robert Winston to land a highly competitive handicap at Ascot over that distance in October but has run over six furlongs in his only two starts since then.
Sixth to The Tin Man at Ascot later that month, the five-year-old made a pleasing comeback after eight months off the track when fourth to the same rival in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot.
“Over seven furlongs Robert can ride a bit more of a race, when he’s over six it all just happens a bit quick,” said Ivory.
“That’s providing he doesn’t get too far back, mind – the horse got him out of trouble that day at Ascot.
“You can do that in a handicap, maybe, but not against the best sprinters around, you can’t give them ground.
“I’m looking forward to it. Whether he’ll handle Goodwood we won’t know until we try, so many of them don’t.”
Godolphin launch a four-horse assault with Dutch Connection, Home Of The Brave, Jungle Cat and Dream Castle.
Last year’s winner Dutch Connection bids to be only the second horse after Nayyir in 2002-03 to land back-to-back victories.
The five-year-old is trained by Charlie Hills, who also has Fitri Hay’s Jallota in the line-up.
Dutch Connection had Home Of The Brave back in second last year but has been unplaced in four Group One races subsequently and was sixth in the Group Two Minstrel Stakes at the Curragh on his latest start.
“Dutch Connection was disappointing in Ireland, but they went no gallop and he was caught on the outside,” Hills told www.godolphin.com.
“He loves Goodwood, having won twice at the course including this race last year, and I am hoping that he can bounce back to his best.”
In contrast, Home Of The Brave has won both his races this season, latterly beating Jungle Cat by three-quarters of a length in the Criterion Stakes at Newmarket.
“Home Of The Brave has made a good start to this season and we hope that continues in the Lennox Stakes,” said trainer Hugo Palmer.
“He is a horse who responds well to having a bit of time between his races.”
Jungle Cat has the bonus of a win at Haydock on his latest start which his trainer Charlie Appleby believes will have done his confidence the world of good.
“It is great that Jungle Cat got his head back in front on his last start, which will have helped his confidence,” said Appleby.
“He has had three nice runs over seven furlongs and comes into this race in good order. If he puts his best foot forward, he will be thereabouts for the places.”
Dream Castle, fifth in the 2,000 Guineas and Jersey Stakes, is one of two three-year-olds taking on older horses along with Aidan O’Brien’s Spirit Of Valor.
“I am pleased with Dream Castle, who is in good form,” said his trainer Saeed bin Suroor.
“He has worked well on the Limekilns gallops coming into this race. I don’t think the good to soft going will cause him problems. I was happy with his last two runs and am hoping for another good performance on Tuesday.”
Richard Hannon is hoping Oh This Is Us will be at his best, having had six weeks since his last race.
“I have given him a little break as he had been kept busy since Dubai,” he told www.richardhannonracing.co.uk.
“He appears in good order at home and he does run well fresh.
“The favourite (Limato) will take plenty of beating but we know that he likes the track and he should run well again.”
However, Henry Candy has warned Limato will only run if the ground is suitable.