Clive Cox is optimistic that Profitable can reclaim the Palace House stakes at Newmarket after a good winter break.
The five-year-old was a surprise winner of this race last season, before he stepped up to win Haydock’s Temple Stakes and Royal Ascot’s King Stand Stakes at the highest level.
Since winning the Group One prize he finished fourth in a competitively run July Cup, before two disappointing efforts when midfield in the Group One Nunthorpe Stakes and Prix D’Abbaye in France.
He steps down into Group Three level, and he is a worthy favourite to reclaim the cheque.
“I have been very happy with Profitable and he has been training very well through the spring,” Cox, said to Godolphin’s website.
“He won this race last year before going on to score in the Temple Stakes and at Royal Ascot and we have given him a similar preparation this season.”
Cox also saddles Priceless, who was a hugely impressive winner in a listed race at Bath last time out. The four-year-old won the Lansdown Stakes by five lengths, but jockey Adam Kirby has chosen to ride Profitable over him.
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The five-year-old has an excellent record at this trip finishing second in two Group One contests at the minimum distance. On his seasonal bow he was a narrow winner at Navan, and has a strong chance once again.
Sir Mark Prescott’s Marsha was a surprise winner of the Prix D’Abbaye last time out, and the four-year-old will have to overcome a 7lb penalty for the victory at Chantilly.
Richard Fahey remains optimistic Kimberella can strike for a third time this season, the seven-year-old has won twice on Lingfield’s all-weather surface.
“Kimberella is in great order going into the Longholes Palace House Stakes,” Fahey told his SportingLife blog.
“This is the next step for him following his win in the All-Weather Sprint Championship on Good Friday.
“It’s very competitive as they’ve all turned up – which is understandable as there’s nowhere else to go with a good five-furlong sprinter right now – but the trip and fast ground will be fine for our fellow.
“He’ll need a lifetime best to win this but goes there in great form, we’ve been very happy with him since Lingfield.”