Ed Dunlop's Red Cadeaux is among an interesting handful of potential Dubai World Cup meeting runners to have been given an entry for the Blue Square Bet Winter Derby at Lingfield on March 16.
Some 29 horses have been put into the Group Three event, including Jim Bolger's long-absent Dewhurst winner Parish Hall and the Marco Botti-trained Planteur, who have both been talked of as Meydan contenders.
Red Cadeaux, the seasoned traveller, could not improve on his second place in the 2011 Melbourne Cup when back at Flemington in November but he went on to clinch the Hong Kong Vase and Dunlop is planning further overseas raids.
"To be honest, we're in the same position as some of the other horses in that we are considering going to Dubai for the World Cup, Sheema Classic or stayers' race and we would have to wait for an invitation," he said.
"This race is an option beforehand if he needs a race. He's only just back and in work, but everything is going well.
"Towards the end of the year there are the same targets, and there's also the possibility of running in Japan in April for a valuable race called the Tenno Sho."
Dunlop has changed tack with Unbridled Command, a fascinating recruit to his operation who won the Hollywood Derby in America last November.
"Dubai was discussed for Unbridled Command but he's not going to go there," he said. "He will come over to me and ultimately be trained for the Cox Plate."
Last year's Winter Derby winner Premio Loco is among the entries as is Aidan O'Brien's lightly-raced El Salvador and Pigeon Catcher, a possible runner for French-based trainer Pia Brandt.
25 July 2016Charlie Appleby anticipating Vintage display from Boynton
Minding tops 10 contenders for Nassau glory at Goodwood
Antiquarium misses Goodwood Cup outing due to injury
Hugo Palmer hoping Lennox pair can make their mark at Goodwood
Hugo Palmer eyeing German Oaks bid with Architecture
Martyn Meade mulling Aclaim options following Newbury run
Morny set to be next on Tis Marvellous agenda
Classic trio lead 10 contenders for Sussex test
Lonsdale date likely for Trip To Paris
Seven Heavens team bide their time
Convey delivers at Pontefract
Rookie trainer Robbie McNamara has Chadic fired up for Galway
Tis Marvellous surges to Papin glory for Clive Cox and Adam Kirby
Andrew Balding looking towards Solario date with South Seas
Gordon Elliott hoping Clarcam can rise to Galway Plate challenge
Ascot hero My Dream Boat enjoying summer break
Boynton tops 10 runners to take Vintage test at Goodwood
Time Test may have been below his best in York win feels Roger Charlton
Godolphin triple-handed in eight-runner Lennox Stakes at Goodwood
24 July 2016Clem Fandango team to bide their time following Super run
Alexios Komnenos team bide their time on future plans
Roger Charlton confident Fair Eva will handle distance increase
King George hero Highland Reel angling for world domination
Kimberella ghosts home for Dandy Nicholls in York Dash
Librisa Breeze blows hot to earn International honours at Ascot
Time Test fends off Mondialiste to claim York Stakes
Frankel filly Fair Eva dazzles in Princess Margaret Stakes at Ascot
Apex King rules at Ascot on 'emotional' day for Eddery family
Lumiere to bypass Goodwood in favour of Deauville test
Prince Of Lir heads dual British raid on Prix Robert Papin
Emma Lavelle on weather watch ahead of Junction Fourteen Galway goal
23 July 2016Muthmir and Marsha headline King George Stakes entry at Goodwood
Ascot woe for Jamie Spencer as Namhroodah demoted in dramatic Valiant Stakes
Olivier Peslier - Really good chance for Dartmouth in King George
Charlie Appleby has Boynton booked for Vintage Stakes duty
Royal Ascot winner Persuasive unlikely to take Nassau chance
Impressive start for Kazimiera at Ascot
Roger Charlton tests Time in York Stakes
Marco Botti thinks Bahamas can shine in Pat Eddery Stakes at Ascot
Dean Ivory seeking International honours with Librisa Breeze at Ascot
Frankel filly Fair Eva ready to roll at Ascot
22 July 2016Ascot drama as Namhroodah demoted in Valiant Stakes
Leading Stewards' Cup contender Outback Traveller to miss Goodwood
Guy Harwood remembers motoring to the top with Dancing Brave
Big Orange ripe for Goodwood Cup defence
Godolphin give Antiquarium the chance to shine in Goodwood Cup
Royal runner Dartmouth strives for King George glory at Ascot
Aidan O'Brien considers Curragh comeback for US Army Ranger
Derby favourite Churchill digs deep to take Tyros Stakes
Promise To Be True still unbeaten after Silver Flash success
Pyromaniac to miss Galway Hurdle despite quashing of 'schooling' ruling
Frankie Dettori closing in on 3,000th winner
Leading Stewards' Cup contender Golden Steps to swerve Goodwood
Deauville as well as Goodwood an option for Lumiere
Classic stars on Goodwood collision course in Sussex Stakes
Martyn Meade sweet on Irish Rookie in Valiant Stakes at Ascot
Royal runner Dartmouth spearheads King George septet at Ascot