Jim Bolger is already thinking in terms of the Derby for Trading Leather as his exciting juvenile takes the next step up the ladder in the Autumn Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday.
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The Group Three contest is arguably one of the more interesting races of the day with six unbeaten colts lining up and several more with top-class form, including Bolger's youngster.
He made his debut at Listed level when he pushed the far more experienced Battle Of Marengo close at Leopardstown and then made no mistake back down in maiden company, sluicing home by seven lengths at Gowran.
As Bolger also houses the red-hot Dewhurst and 2000 Guineas favourite Dawn Approach, he should have a reasonable line on this season's crop of juveniles.
"His last run was very good and he came out of the race well. I'd be hoping he will give a good account and maybe fit himself up for the Racing Post Trophy," Bolger told Racing UK.
"I'm viewing him at the moment as a Derby horse so hopefully things will work out and my assessment of him is correct.
"He's more furnishing to do, it's only in the last couple of weeks he has stepped up to where he is now so I'd imagine there's a good bit of improvement to come."
David Wachman's Galileo Rock created quite an impression when he won his only start at Leopardstown by seven lengths.
As he is closely related to John Oxx's Goodwood Cup winner Saddler's Rock, he is already being viewed as a middle-distance type for next season.
"He's fine and hopefully they don't get too much rain as a bit of reasonable ground is important to a horse like him," said Wachman.
"He's going to be quite raw and green going there off the back of just one run, but we'll see what happens.
"It's an interesting race, but these races are always interesting at this time of year."
Glenard looked a nice prospect when staying on strongly to win what looked a decent maiden at Doncaster for Charlie Hills.
The colt has been bought privately by Highclere Thoroughbred Racing since that winning debut.
"It looks a really open and tough race. There are a few in there like our horse who've had just one run and one win," said Hills.
"I've been pleased with him since he ran at Doncaster. I was quite surprised with him that day as I thought he'd need the run, but he showed a good attitude to get up and win close home.
"He's been working well since, I think he's come on for the run and he deserves his place in this race.
"I don't think the ground should be too bad unless it rains on the day. He won on quite dead ground first time out and he should be fine."
O'Brien should never be overlooked in races of this nature and he runs the once-raced Eye Of The Storm who won at Galway.
He will be ridden by Joseph O'Brien who said: "It's an interesting race and an open race. My horse has just had one run in Galway and won nicely.
"He's stepping up in class and there are a few horses who have just had one run and won, so you're not sure what you're up against.
"He's in good form and hopefully he'll run well."
Godolphin's Cap O'Rushes is another unbeaten youngster having won at Kempton by eight lengths before following up at Salisbury.
He is trained by Mahmood Al Zarooni and will be ridden by Frankie Dettori.
"He's going to be a nice horse next year. It looks a good race, but he won nicely at Salisbury and hopefully he will continue to improve," said Godolphin's racing manager Simon Crisford.
Richard Hannon's Montiridge has also won twice and his handler expects him to improve.
"Montiridge runs in what looks a hot renewal for the Autumn Stakes," Hannon told his website, www.richardhanningracing.co.uk.
"He is two from two and, though he only won narrowly at Sandown last time, he had only just returned after being on the sick list and was probably a couple of gallops short, so he can be expected to improve."