In the absence of the retired Mohaather, the three-year-old Alkumait carries Marcus Tregoning’s main hopes for the forthcoming season.
Having failed to handle soft ground in the Dewhurst when last seen, Tregoning is looking forward to getting him back on a quicker surface.
“I’m very pleased with Alkumait, he’s wintered well and seems in good form at home,” said Tregoning.
“Having won the Mill Reef in September, I’m looking forward to returning to Newbury with him.
“The ground really didn’t suit him last time out (in the Dewhurst) and I think he’s a proper top of the ground horse.
“Condition-wise, he’s in the same position as we were with Mohaather when he won the race in 2019. Mohaather was a six-furlong horse dressed up as a miler, and his speed helped him win some very good mile races. Alkumait would be similar – he’s very speedy and we’re looking forward to finding out more about him.”
Richard Hannon has a major player in Chindit, who had been among the favourites for the Craven Stakes at Newmarket on Thursday.
“Chindit is going for the Greenham, that’s certainly the plan at the moment,” said Hannon.
Also among the 16 entries are Clive Cox’s Coventry Stakes winner Nando Parrado, The Lir Jet and Richard Fahey’s Rhythm Master.