View from connections ahead of Saturday's coral.co.uk Sprint Trophy at Newmarket.
Trainer Stuart Williams believes Nova Champ has plenty going for him as he bids for successive victories on the Rowley Mile in Saturday's coral.co.uk Sprint Trophy at Newmarket.
The Qatar Racing-owned three-year-old enjoyed a consistent juvenile campaign and although he was well beaten on his seasonal reappearance at Nottingham, he has raised his game considerably since.
After filling the runner-up spot at Yarmouth, the son of Intikhab went one better over Saturday's course and distance at the start of the month and another bold bid is anticipated off a 5lb higher mark.
Williams said: "He's out of the handicap, as he was when he won there on Guineas day, but I'm hoping he'll run really well.
"We know he likes the track, the ground will be fine for him and we've booked Andrea Atzeni again, who gave him a brilliant ride last time.
"Everything is right for him and I'm sure he'll run well. Whether he is good enough to win the race depends on the other horses."
Nova Champ is reopposed by Roger Charlton's filly Stars Above Me, beaten just three-quarters of a length into second a fortnight ago.
She carries the colours of the Elite Racing Club, whose racing manager, Dan Downie, said: "We'd been waiting all spring for the ground to dry up for her and she ran really well at Newmarket a couple of weeks ago.
"She's not a filly that takes a lot of getting fit, so I wouldn't say there is huge improvement in her from that run, but hopefully she will have come forward a bit.
"The ground should suit her on Saturday and she's in really good form, so hopefully she'll run well."
Charlton fires a formidable twin assault at the £45,000 prize, with the hat-trick-seeking Stomp a leading contender following impressive efforts at Windsor and Lingfield.
Clive Cox is another trainer who excels with his sprinters and he unleashes last month's Bath scorer Fear Or Favour.
Cox said: "The weights have gone up a pound and Ryan Tate is going to ride him again having won on him at Bath last time.
"We've been pleased with him since and we think he's quite a progressive horse, so we're looking forward to seeing how he performs on Saturday."