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The Haggas-trained Headway is the one to beat in the Gimcrack based on his excellent second in the Coventry Stakes when carrying the colours of the Royal Ascot Racing Club (whose frontman Harry Herbert is also renowned for his after-dinner words).
We were a little worried today that five furlongs might be too sharp for him, but it was the only real option we had if we wanted him to have another run before the Gimcrack.
Astaire danced to success in the Gimcrack for Neil Callan and old boss Kevin Ryan.
Meanwhile B Fifty Two is to be aimed at the Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Gimcrack Stakes after his fine effort in France.
ED McMahon is still preparing his unbeaten juvenile Temple Meads for a crack at the Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Gimcrack Stakes at York on August 18.
After he won his maiden we were talking about Royal Ascot and then the Gimcrack later in the season.
Kevin Ryan's Gimcrack entry King Of Aquitaine can defy top weight in the ladbrokes.
Meanwhile, Gimcrack runner-up Taajub is under consideration for the valuable sales race at the Doncaster St Leger meeting.
The Richmond Stakes at Glorious Goodwood on July 31 and York's Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Gimcrack Stakes on August 19 are being considered for the youngster.
In what follows, I discuss two theatrical incarnations of the virtuoso, one a married male, Gimcrack in Thomas Shadwell's The Virtuoso (1676), and the other an unmarried female, Valeria in Susanna Centlivre's The Basset-Table (1706).
Kevin Ryan's juvenile was sent off the well-backed 5-2 favourite for last month's Gimcrack Stakes at York but struggled to land a blow and looked all at sea on the rain-softened ground.
Clive Brittain's colt steps up to the highest level for the first time at the Paris track as he bids to follow up his win in the Gimcrack Stakes at York in August.