Andre Fabre must always be feared on his cross-Channel raids and can take the prize for Newbury’s Doom Bar Stakes back to France courtesy of Triple Threat.
The four-year-old collected a Group Two in his homeland at this time last year and has already made one visit to these shores when down the field in the Champion Stakes in the autumn.
He has come up short at the top table again since, beating only one home in the Prix Ganay fought out by superstars Cirrus Des Aigles and Treve at Longchamp, but he has his sights lowered significantly today.
He does face one genuine Group One performer in the shape of Al Kazeem, who is back in training after fertility problems at stud.
He may lack the sharpness required to get to grips with Triple Threat, though, and his trainer, Roger Charlton, said: “It was May when he came back to us and we’ve done a lot of work trying to get him fit.
“He’s a big horse anyway. He’ll be at least 20 kilos over his ideal racing weight, I’d say, so is bound to benefit from the run.”
Tony McCoy continues his quest to move beyond the 4,191 winners both he and Martin Pipe have achieved when he goes to Market Rasen for their biggest day of the year, and the perennial champion can lift the feature Betfred Summer Plate on It’s A Gimme.
Jonjo O’Neill’s seven-year-old did not appear a natural when first sent over the bigger obstacles, but he put it all together at Worcester last month and now goes handicapping off a mark 5lb lower than his hurdling figure.
Alan King has his string in good order at present and his top-weight Montbazon can stamp his class on the Betfred Mobile Summer Hurdle, but perhaps the Barbury Castle trainer’s best chance is with Hollow Penny in the betfred.com Novices’ Handicap Chase.
The six-year-old got to within half a length of It’s A Gimme on his fencing debut at Worcester and he can go one better, with his price likely to contract if his last-start conqueror does the business earlier on the card.