Godolphin three-year-old Subedar will be out to redeem himself in the Dulcify Stakes at Rosehill.
Like many horses who raced at the most recent Rosehill meeting, Subedar gets the chance on his return to show whether the wet track brought him undone or if it was the class of his opponents.
The Godolphin three-year-old made a big impression when he stepped up from a Kembla Grange maiden win on debut to claim victory over older horses at Rosehill last month.
His midfield finish in the Group Three Ming Dynasty Quality (1400m) has left trainer James Cummings uncertain but hopeful it was because of conditions underfoot as the gelding heads to Saturday’s Dulcify Stakes (1500m).
“He probably didn’t handle the heavy track last start,” Cummings said.
“But he was beaten five lengths in a Group Three and they didn’t break 36.5 for the last 600 metres.
“Nevertheless, he’s a talented, improving horse.”
Among his opposition this week is Group One Champagne Stakes winner Castelvecchio who is the early favourite.
Group Three winner Resin is one of the outsiders in the Sheraco Stakes (1200m) for fillies and mares in which she will meet multiple Group One placegetter Champagne Cuddles.
“Resin is more notable as a second-up performer, but could still make her presence felt,” Cummings said.
“She’s going as well as ever and is looking capable of returning to winning form, although she usually improves on her first-up run.”
Cummings expects Bivouac to improve sharply on a firm track against last-start conqueror Exceedance but the pair will have some new blood to contend with in the Run To The Rose.
The Chris Waller-trained Yes Yes Yes and Kubrick are having their first starts as three-year-olds in Saturday’s Group Two race over 1200m at Rosehill as is Group One winner Prince Fawaz for Anthony Cummings.
The Hawkes Racing-trained Exceedance holds sway in first markets over Bivouac after beating the first-up Vain Stakes winner in the San Domenico Stakes on heavy ground last Saturday week.
“After a sizzling first-up victory in Melbourne he appeared to be clearly outpointed by a very smart colt at Rosehill,” Godolphin trainer James Cummings said.
“The return clash of these gun colts augurs well for an exciting contest in an event oozing quality.
“Getting back on top of the ground could be the difference for our horse.”