Dance And Dance's course form could prove significant when Ed Vaughan's stable stalwart has another crack at the William Hill Spring Mile at Doncaster on Saturday.
The Newmarket trainer believes Dance And Dance's effort in finishing second to Eton Forever in this race in 2011 gives him a good chance of going one better.
Now an eight-year-old, the Royal Applause gelding showed he had not lost his ability when an unlucky sixth in the Cambridgeshire in the autumn and shaped well on his only run of the year so far when a close third to Birdman at Lingfield in January.
"He's in good form. He loves the track and has run some of his best races there," said Vaughan, who saddled Robin Hoods Bay to win the Winter Derby at Lingfield last weekend.
"He was second to Eton Forever in this race three years ago when the first two pulled clear. I think that race worked out a better race then the Lincoln that year.
"Earlier in his career he went on soft ground, but arguably his better form of late has been on a sounder surface.
"Educate won this race last year and went on to win the Cambridgeshire when we were a hard-luck story in sixth place.
"I couldn't be happier with the horse and we will run regardless of the ground.
"We've got a good lad (Oisin Murphy) on board and he'll take 3lb off which will be a help, especially in the ground."
The joint top-weight Global Village is one of three runners from the Brian Ellison stable.
Global Village was only beaten a short head by Levitate in the Lincoln 12 months ago and just missed out on having the opportunity of putting the record straight in the main event this year so has to be content with going for the consolation prize.
"All three of mine in the Spring Mile will love the ground," said the North Yorkshire trainer.
"It's a shame Global Village hasn't got the chance to go for the Lincoln again. They should have reserves and if no horses come out on the Friday they should be able to go for the consolation race.
"My other two runners, Dream Walker and Amaze, both love soft ground."
Rain in the last couple of days has affected the plans of several trainers, but Tim Easterby reckons conditions have come in the favour of his representative Silvery Moon.
"He'll love the ground. It should suit him," said the Great Habton handler.