Gay Kelleway is expecting better from Holy Warrior as he takes a slight drop in trip on his return to France in Wednesday's Prix Matchem at Maisons-Laffitte.
Long regarded as the trainer's next star horse, Holy Warrior won a Listed race at Cagnes-Sur-Mer in February before finishing seventh in the Prix La Force at Longchamp, a French Derby trial.
The colt was then last of five in the Fairway Stakes at Newmarket and tackles a small-field Listed event over nine furlongs here.
"I expect a better run than the last couple of times," said Kelleway.
"He possibly didn't like the undulations at Newmarket and I don't think he stays 10 furlongs.
"We're putting a visor on him, which he worked very well at home in, as I think he's saving a bit for himself.
"I don't think Listed races in France are as strong as they are in England, so hopefully he'll run better.
"There are only five runners, including an improver for Andre Fabre called Pilote and Onedargent, who finished ahead of us in France last time."