IAN Williams is hoping he can say open Cesame to the winners’ enclosure at Newmarket on Saturday.
The trainer is readying a three-pronged attack for the valuable staying contest.
Leading the charge is the stamina-laden Stars Over The Sea.
The seven-year-old destroyed his opposition in the trial for the big race, coming home ten lengths clear of a decent field.
However, he was granted a big lead that day and isn’t sure to be afforded the same luxury this time, particularly as usual rider Pat Cosgrave is now unavailable.
“Stars Over The Sea has done well since he won the Trial but it is a bit disappointing that Pat Cosgrave, who won on him that day, has been claimed (by Godolphin) to ride in Australia.
“Hopefully I will be able to find someone of similar quality to take the reins,” said Williams.
Also lining up will be Speedy Boy, who would have gone close at Doncaster on St Leger weekend had he got a run.
Judged on that performance he still looks well handicapped, despite being 5lb higher than when winning Ascot in July.
“Speedo Boy was unlucky in the Mallard Handicap (at Doncaster, finished fifth), where every avenue he went down turned out to be a cul-de-sac and he never got a true run at them.
“I am convinced that we have not seen the best of him yet. William Buick will ride.”
Blue Rambler is the least fancied of Williams’ trio, but the trainer believes he is more than capable of making his presence felt.
“Blue Rambler picked up an injury 18 months ago and has taken his two recent runs to get back in shape. But I was particularly pleased with how he ran at Goodwood last time, where he had a blow before running on again, and he is by no means a rank outsider.
“George Downing will ride him again as the horse is owned by his father, Paul.”