View from connections ahead of Thursday's Connaught Access Flooring Abernant Stakes at Newmarket.
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Trainer Dean Ivory is confident star sprinter Tropics can get his season up and running in the Connaught Access Flooring Abernant Stakes at Newmarket.
The six-year-old won five times during a tremendous 2013 campaign, rounding off the year with a runaway victory in the Group Three Bengough Stakes at Ascot.
He was unable to land a blow as he trailed home a well-beaten seventh on his seasonal return in the Cammidge Trophy at Doncaster last month, but with conditions more to his liking at Headquarters, Ivory expects his charge to bounce back.
"He didn't handle the ground at all at Doncaster. It was very tacky and he didn't enjoy it, but he's come on a lot for the run," said the Hertfordshire handler.
"It's often a case with sprinters that they just need a run to blow away the cobwebs and I think he's in much better shape now.
"The ground at Newmarket is good to firm, so we know what we've got and as long as he handles the track, I think he'll run a massive race.
"Everyone knows what the Rowley Mile is like. Some horses take to it and some don't, but if he does he should go very close.
"I know he has to carry a lot of weight, but I'm not too worried about that. He's a strong, strapping horse and that isn't really a concern."
Tropics must concede weight to all seven rivals, including the Roger Varian-trained favourite Aljamaaheer.
The five-year-old won a Group Two over a mile last year and was also placed in the Lockinge and the Queen Anne, but reverts to sprinting upon his return.
The Newmarket handler told www.varianstable.com: "Aljamaaheer has been training great this spring.
"He has always shown a lot of speed and we are looking forward to running him over six furlongs."
Dinkum Diamond snapped a losing run going back almost two years in the Cammidge, but trainer Henry Candy feels his charge has his work cut out.
He said: "I'm very happy with the horse, but there might just be one or two better in the race this time."
Kevin Ryan saddles the speedy Hamza, who is joined on the journey from Yorkshire by the Richard Fahey-trained Heaven's Guest, David Barron's Hitchens and Racy from Brian Ellison's yard.
Es Que Love, making his debut for Clive Cox, having previously been trained by Mark Johnston, completes the line-up.