Jim Goldie is concerned that a low draw could hamper Jack Dexter's chances in the Duke of York Clipper Logistics Stakes on Wednesday.
The five-year-old enjoyed a superb campaign in 2013, with victories in the Cammidge Trophy and the Wentworth Stakes at Doncaster sandwiched between his success in Newcastle's Chipchase Stakes.
He was unable to successfully defend his Cammidge crown on his seasonal reappearance, finishing third, but Goldie is expecting improvement from his charge in the Group Two over six furlongs.
"Jack Dexter seems in good form. We were a bit disappointed after Doncaster as we expected him to win, but it was his first run of the year and he's come on for it," said the trainer.
"I would have preferred a better draw than stall one, but it is what it is. When you're stuck on the end it makes life more difficult and I would have been much happier to have been drawn middle to high.
"At least Kevin Ryan's horse (Astaire) is drawn next to us. He might go forward, which would be a help, but we'll see how things go."
Goldie is also happy to let his other star sprinter Hawkeyethenoo line up in the six-furlong heat, just four days after he finished third in a conditions race at Haydock.
The eight-year-old, who will be ridden by Kieren Fallon, was beaten just a length and a half in the Duke of York 12 months ago.
Goldie said: "Hawkeyethenoo was fourth in the race last year and was probably a bit unlucky.
"He'd been running on the all-weather at Lingfield, so we decided to run him at Haydock the other day to get him back on a straight track and take the freshness out of him and he came out of the race well.
"I think he could run a good race and he is drawn well (stall nine).
"Jack Dexter probably has the better chance of the two as it's his ground. But put it this way, if I could put Jack Dexter in Hawkeyethenoo's draw, I'd be very hopeful as he'd have a tick in every box."
Challenging Jack Dexter and Group One-winning two-year-old Astaire for favouritism is the Bryan Smart-trained Moviesta.
A winner at Glorious Goodwood last year, the four-year-old made an encouraging return when fifth in the Palace House Stakes at Newmarket.
Smart said: "He's in good order and we're hoping for a good run.
"Nobody knows what the ground is going to be like, that's the only thing. We've had some serious rain here.
"I think whatever handles the surface the best will probably win."
The 14-strong field is headed by Maarek, who must concede weight all round following his Group One triumph in last year's Prix de l'Abbaye for trainer Barry Lalor.
The seven-year-old joined Evanna McCutcheon at the start of the new season and although he has twice been beaten since, the Irish handler feels her stable star is approaching peak fitness.
McCutcheon said: "He travelled over on Monday and had a jog out on the track (on Tuesday morning). He's in good condition and we're looking forward to it.
"They've had a lot of rain here and the ground is going to be very soft. As long as it doesn't get too deep and holding we'll be happy.
"He's lazy horse and a year older now, so he takes plenty of getting fit.
"He's had his two runs and hopefully he's nearly spot-on now, fingers crossed. I'd be very hopeful he'll run a big race."
Eton Rifles, Heeraat and Tropics also feature in a wide-open contest.