THE Lincoln Trial at Wolverhampton serves notice that the Flat turf season is looming and FOX POWER (1.35) has the services of Silvestre De Sousa.
A 9lb swing in the weights should enable Richard Hannon’s colt to reverse form with recent course and distance conqueror Via Serendipity.
Front-runner Red Bond will ensure a good gallop to chase down but a 13lb hike in his official rating on the strength of a wide-margin Newcastle victory at the end of January could put the brakes on his progress.
CONCIERGE (2.10) gave De Sousa a winner over course and distance 12 days ago and an action replay is on the cards off a 6lb higher mark.
Trainer David Loughnane has enjoyed a productive winter on the all-weather and Concierge scored with a bit in hand when coming fast and late to chop down Reeves.
Last year’s winner Desert Doctor is fit from a spell racing in Meydan and should be thereabouts.
Ryan Moore rides URBAN ICON (2.45) for the Hannon camp in the Listed contest over seven furlongs. Nicely drawn in stall one, Urban Icon has to overcome a long absence following his fourth to Space Traveller in the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot and a third to Duke Of Hazzard at Newmarket in July.
Chief rival Gulliver is more of a six-furlong horse but is interesting moving up in trip.