Munjaz could dip his toe into Pattern company in Saturday's Lingfield Derby Trial.
Last Updated: 06/05/14 5:28pm
Investec Derby entry Munjaz will step into Pattern company for the first time in the Listed betfred.com Lingfield Derby Trial over an extended 11 furlongs at Lingfield Park on Saturday, May 10.
The John Gosden-trained colt, who is a son of 2009 Investec Derby hero Sea The Stars, shaped with promise in two starts last season, finishing third and second in a pair of mile maidens at Newmarket.
He justified favouritism on his season return in a 10-furlong maiden at the same course on April 16, staying on strongly to score by half a length.
Angus Gold, racing manager for Munjaz's owner Hamdan Al Maktoum, said: "Hopefully Munjaz will run at Lingfield on Saturday - that is the plan at the moment.
"I think everything has been pretty good with him since his win at Newmarket. I thought he was workmanlike there, but he is still a very inexperienced, immature horse and I'm sure he is going to improve.
"He is a nice horse. He is a big galloper and we have always known that he has a certain amount of ability. He will stay well and I think he will improve as the year goes on.
"Paul (Hanagan) said he might prefer a Flat track, but if he is going to be any sort of horse, he will have to adapt."
Also among the 18 entries is Somewhat (Mark Johnston), who was second in a pair of Group Two contests last season, impressive maiden victor Arod (Peter Chapple-Hyam) and Godolphin's Tattersalls Millions Trophy hero Sudden Wonder (Charlie Appleby).
Ireland's champion trainer Aidan O'Brien has captured the prize three times in the last decade and has three entries headed by eye-catching Leopardstown scorer Blue Hussar and Mekong River.
High-Rise was the last horse to win the betfred.com Lingfield Derby Trial and go on to victory at Epsom Downs in 1998.