View from connections: totescoop6 September Stakes at Kempton Park.
Last Updated: 05/09/14 11:47am
Saeed bin Suroor has dominated the September Stakes
View from connections ahead of Saturday's totescoop6 September Stakes at Kempton Park.
Prince Bishop ensured Saeed bin Suroor's domination of last year's totescoop6 September Stakes and the gelding returns to defend his title with another strong Godolphin team at Kempton on Saturday.
Twelve months ago, Prince Bishop was receiving weight from stablemate Royal Empire when beating him a head but has subsequently won a Group One and a Group Two in Dubai and his exploits mean he will be conceding weight all-round.
Bin Suroor also provides Secret Number, who did not quite develop as a Classic hope last season but finished his campaign on a high in the Cumberland Lodge at Ascot.
They are joined by another returning star for colleague Charlie Appleby, whose Cat O'Mountain has not been seen since an impressive third in the Dubai World Cup.
Bin Suroor said: "Secret Number is a horse I've always liked and I was pleased when he got a nice win at the end of last season.
"He had a setback earlier in the year but has been back in full work for a while now. He's working well and is in good form, but I'm sure he'll improve for the run. The small field will help him.
"Prince Bishop was a Group One winner out in Dubai, he also won a Group Two but he disappointed me in the World Cup when he missed the break.
"He improved on the all-weather and won this last year. He's doing very well at home, but will improve for this. They'll both be going out to Dubai."
Dandino won the 2012 renewal when with James Fanshawe, and the experienced world traveller was last seen finishing second in the American St Leger.
After a stop off in Sunbury, trainer Marco Botti will have him ready for an even longer flight.
"He is in good form and everything has gone well since he ran in America," said the trainer. "We are looking forward to Saturday and, if all goes well, hopefully he will be heading back to Australia.
"He won this race two years ago and works on the all-weather most of the time, so the surface shouldn't be an issue. Hopefully he'll run well."
While Dandino has collected many stamps on his passport, Red Cadeaux is the Michael Palin of racehorses.
After two second places in the Melbourne Cup, trainer Ed Dunlop is preparing the chestnut for his fourth visit to Australia.
Red Cadeaux was given time off when getting jarred up in Japan in May and was an encouraging fourth on his return in the Geoffrey Freer at Newbury.
Jockey Gerald Mosse said: "He ran a pretty good race at Newbury and he needed that so I think that will bring him up nicely. He's in good form now and the all-weather holds no fears for him, he's been second in a Dubai World Cup.
"Actually, he knows the track at Kempton better than me as he's run there twice before. This race will continue to bring him towards Australia but it's a good race, which is just what he wants, he needs to get competitive.
"He's eight now but seems as good as ever, he just needs the competition to sharpen him up. The competition is very strong so we'll see how he gets on."
All-weather specialist Robin Hoods Bay, who won the Winter Derby and finished third on the Good Friday card, is back on his favourite surface.
"Originally I wanted to run him in the Geoffrey Freer but the ground went against him, but this has always been on his agenda," said trainer Ed Vaughan.
"He's as fit as I can get him at home, he had a racecourse gallop at Lingfield 10 days ago and I'm hoping that's put him spot on. He worked over a mile and it pleased us.
"These are his races, a lot of the others in here are being aimed elsewhere but it's races like this that are made for him so we have to get him ready at home and he's as fit as we can get him.
"I can't see the mile and a half being a problem and he's won over the course and distance before, although that was when he was a lowly handicapper.
"He does meet a couple a bit wrong at the weights because of his penalty, but I'm hoping his liking for the surface balances that out."