The John & Thady Gosden trained gelding showed a wicked turn of foot to put the race to bed in the closing stages at Lingfield when last seen.
He had previously been running over a mile or further, with an exceptional pedigree suggesting middle-distance trips would be his optimum, being by Frankel out of a Sea The Stars mare.
However, his maiden win came when dropping in trip to 7f, and he now runs over 6f for the first time.
The speed he showed to win by six-and-a-half-lengths last time out was impressive and should hold him in good stead reverting back to the turf here at Newmarket.
5:45pm Newmarket – Counsel 2pts win @ 2/1 (best price, 15/8 in places)
The course and distance winner did well under 3lbs claimer Oliver Stammers to gain success at the track last month, and followed up with a respectable fourth in a competitive handicap at Goodwood. He has been performing consistently well in recent months and should be able to mount a challenge in this contest.
7:58pm Newmarket – Dutch Decoy 1pt win @ 7/1 (best price, 6/1, 11/2 in places)
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