Trainer Kieran McDonagh says he expects his talented four-year-old Cockney Crew to rebound and reignite his Ascot carnival ambitions on Saturday.
Cockney Crew had his colours lowered at Belmont two weeks ago when he was caught on the line by Taxagano after setting the pace over 1600m.
The nose defeat as the odds on favourite came hot on the heels of his spectacular eight length victory when first-up over the mile a fortnight earlier.
McDonagh is adamant Cockney Crew can bounce back and return to the winners list.
“I think I might have kept him on the fresh side going into a 1600m race,” McDonagh told The Races WA.
“He had an easy week after the race, but I have stepped up his work considerably since.
“He is a horse that needs to work and he has done a lot of stamina training.
“He will go into in a 72 plus 1800m race on Saturday and I’m confident he is back on track.
“I don’t know how he will get beaten to be honest.”
Cockney Crew has won three of 14 starts and last season placed twice behind Regal Power in the Listed Melvista Stakes (2200m) and Group 2 WA Derby (2400m) respectively.
The Maschino gelding was yesterday nominated for the Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) and Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) in November and December.
“His grand final is the Ascot Gold Cup (1800m), but we will reassess all options after his run on Saturday,” McDonagh said.