Canary Row, trained in Ireland by Patrick Prendergast, is among eight runners for the Group 3, £40,000 Somerville Tattersall over seven furlongs at Newmarket on Thursday, the first day of the Cambridgeshire Festival.
The son of Holy Roman Emperor was 1 1/4 lengths behind Dawn Approach in second when they clashed in the first two-year-old maiden of the European Flat season at the Curragh in March, before winning in good style over five furlongs at Tipperary on May 3. He found Dawn Approach 5 1/2 lengths too strong in a six-furlong conditions race at Naas two weeks later and returned from a lengthy absence to finish fourth behind Battle of Marengo in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Trial over a mile at Leopardstown on September 8.
"Canary Row is in very good form. He has some good, solid form in Ireland and he is a tough little horse," Prendergast said. "I gather there might be some more rain at Newmarket and that won't bother him because he won his maiden on heavy ground but he won't mind it better either -- he ran well in a nice race at Leopardstown on good to firm.
"I would expect him to improve a little bit from his run at Leopardstown because he was returning from a break. We gave have him a rest because he had a busy spring. I am hopeful of a very good run from Canary Row and I would be delighted if he was in the first three."
William Buick has been booked to ride Canary Row.
Champion trainer Richard Hannon would appear to have a strong hand with recent stakes winner Havana Gold heading his two-pronged assault alongside impressive maiden scorer Glean, who finished second in a conditions race at Salisbury on September 6.
Clive Cox will saddle Group 3 Sirenia third Well Acquainted, while Charlie Hills will be hoping Ebn Arab can return to form that saw him capture his maiden by five lengths after a fourth-placed finish in the Group 3 Acomb at York.
The field is completed by Mick Channon's Italian Group 3 winner Chilworth Icon, unbeaten Doncaster novice stakes winner Unsinkable, trained by Richard Fahey, and John Ryan's Ocean Applause.