Outback Traveller will bid to improve on his comeback run at Kempton last month when he runs in the totescoop6 Victoria Cup at Ascot on Saturday.
The Jeremy Noseda-trained four-year-old was denied a win on his return to action after being collared late in the day by Speculative Bid in a seven-furlong handicap at the Esher circuit.
Although meeting his hat-trick-seeking conqueror once again, connections are hopeful he has a chance of reversing the placings in the valuable seven-furlong contest.
Bruce Raymond, racing manager to owner Saeed Suhail, said: "He's a decent horse, but he's got a lot of weight. The weight is catching up with him.
"He likes good ground and he would have a good chance. Whether he would win it is another matter.
"It's very competitive. Potentially he's a very good handicapper and he's in good form."
William Haggas hopes Dream Spirit can use his class to overcome his relative inexperience on his first start over the trip, having raced exclusively over a mile in four career starts.
The four-year old, who was not seen as a juvenile, got off the mark at the first attempt last season before following up in a handicap at Newmarket, when he accounted for Thursday's Huxley Stakes winner Maverick Wave by half a length.
Haggas said: "He's a little bit raw and inexperienced for a race like this with 29 runners.
"He's only run four times in his life, but he's got talent."
Michael Attwater is expecting a bold show from his new standard-bearer Professor.
The former Richard Hannon inmate, who spent the winter racing at Meydan, put in a pleasing performance on his return to action when chasing home the reopposing Emell in a competitive handicap at Haydock last month.
Attwater said: "We took him out to Dubai for the winter. He only ran three times, once well and the other two times disappointingly.
"We brought him back and freshened him up at Haydock two weeks ago. He had been working well before that and ran a really solid race to stay on nicely at the end.
"The plan from there was to come to the Victoria Cup as the stiff seven furlongs should suit him.”
Lulu The Zulu is reported to have improved again over the winter, according to trainer Michael Appleby, ahead of a race which could be her last start in handicap company.
The seven-year-old proved a model of consistency last year after only finishing out of the frame in three of her 10 races, along with posting wins at Chester and Doncaster.
Appleby said: "Lulu The Zulu has wintered really well and I think she has improved again. I'm quite looking forward to seeing her run.
"We are hoping to try and win some black type with her this season, so we're looking for a good run on Saturday.
"She has run well at Ascot before, so we know that the track will be fine and she is drawn in the middle, which is not too bad.”
Dual course-and-distance winner Redvers makes his seasonal return as he looks to score for the first time since landing his second victory at the track back in September 2013.
Despite his advancing years, trainer Ed Vaughan feels the seven-year-old can put in a bold show, as long as conditions dry out.
Vaughan said: "He would not like it any slower than it currently is. The drier it is, the better for him.
"It would have been nice to get a prep run into him, but there was nothing about. However, he goes well fresh.
"The seven furlongs suits him and he will get the good pace he likes. Kieren Fallon is on board and hopefully they will be well suited."
While Newmarket handler Vaughan is hoping for conditions to quicken at the Berkshire track, the same cannot be said for Jedd O'Keeffe, who sends Shared Equity down from Middleham in North Yorkshire.
The winner of three of his last four starts last season, the four-year-old made a pleasing return when finishing third on his reappearance in a six-furlong handicap at Doncaster in March.
O'Keeffe said: "We were thrilled with his comeback run, although he was slightly unlucky.
"I think he deserves a step up to a competitive and valuable handicap and this race has been on the radar for a little while.
"I would like as much juice to stay in the ground as possible, though.
"I think a strongly-run seven furlongs on a stiff track will suit him very well, while we have a very useful claimer in Joe Doyle, who is taking 5lb off his back, which can only be a help."
Marco Botti expects Patentar to come on a good deal for his run at Thirsk.
The four-year-old is high in the weights, but he will be aided by having 5lb taken off thanks to the claim of his jockey Marc Monaghan.
Botti said: "Obviously it is a very competitive race, but with Marc's claim that will give him a bit more of a chance.
"I thought he ran a respectable race at Thirsk and he has come on since then.
"He's in good form, but he doesn't want it too soft."