Our gallops reporter watched Sir Michael Stoute's team work in Newmarket on Wednesday - and Hillstar impressed.
HILLSTAR displayed quality in abundance in his work on the Limekilns Round Gallop this morning.
Sir Michael Stoute's colt was on top form in a strong workout that sets him up as a lively outsider for the Champion Stakes.
With his lead horse LABARINTO setting a decent pace, Hillstar smoothly reeled in that stablemate and powered seven clear at the end of the mile work.
Any rain ahead of the Ascot Group One would be appreciated by the King Edward VII Stakes winner and King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes third who loves Ascot.
His solid showing in the Juddmonte International last time shows he should not be troubled by a shorter trip on easy ground.The work then moved onto the Trial Ground where
PROXIMATEhad the edge over STOMACHION.
Several two year olds came up the strip with GOTHIC taking the eye in his spin with ARBAAB.
Gothic just had the nod from his promising stablemate who is less experienced.
Ryan Moore was on STEVE ROGERS who went marginally better than HIGH STAND and the trailing ROCKET SHIP.