Godolphin trainer Saeed bin Suroor expects to find out whether he has a William Hill St Leger candidate on his hands after Desert Fire’s next run.
Where that may be is still up for debate, but the son of Cape Cross could hardly have been more impressive in what he has done to date.
He has won his last two starts by an aggregate of 18 lengths but will be stepping up markedly in class wherever he goes.
“We are looking to run him in a nice race next time, but there has been no decision at this moment – he has a nice future,” said Bin Suroor.
“He has speed and stamina, but we are still looking for his next race, it will be a Group race I think.
“He’s in the St Leger, obviously he hasn’t run over that trip yet, so we need to find out in his next race if he is likely to stay that far.
“If he doesn’t look like a stayer we can always bring him back in trip.”
Godolphin‘s La Pelosa stayed on well to chase home Main Edition for a second time in the G3 Sweet Solera Stakes over seven furlongs at Newmarket on Saturday.
The two-year-old sire of Dandy Man, beaten a neck by the same filly at Royal Ascot in June, raced behind the leaders in third of the seven runners early on for Brett Doyle.
La Pelosa quickened between horses to take second a furlong and a half from home and galloped all the way to the line, going down by a length and quarter to Main Edition.
Trainer Charlie Appleby said: “La Pelosa has produced another good performance in a Group race and backed up the form of her second at Royal Ascot. She has handled the softer conditions and seen the trip out well.
“We will see how she comes out of the race and might look at the Prestige Stakes at Goodwood for her next race.”
Godolphin trainer Charlie Appleby is optimistic a return to a mile and a quarter can help Loxley get back to winning ways in the Prix Nureyev at Deauville on Saturday.
Having been outstayed over one-mile-five in a Group Three at Newmarket on his last start, the son of New Approach, who will be joined in the Listed prize by stablemate Zaman, will revert to the trip at which he made a winning comeback in June.
The Newmarket handler said: “He is coming back in trip, which we think will suit him.
“Having travelled so well in the Bahrain Trophy I think he probably just got outstayed that day. Races between 10 and 12 furlongs will be his trip for the future.
“We have got a good pace angle in the race in regards to Zaman, who is a horse that likes to go forward.
“He will be there to run his own race in front but also to ensure there is a sensible gallop.
“Zaman put in a good performance of top weight at Goodwood. It was his first try over a mile and a quarter and he saw the trip out well.
“We put Loxley in the Champion Stakes as he is a horse that looks to be progressive and we felt he deserved the entry.
“He is a horse that we are trying to build confidence with.”
Clive Cox will also give Epsom winner Connect the chance to shine in the seven-runner field.