Martyn Meade is confident that he will have Eminent in good shape to do himself justice in next week's Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot.
The four-year-old colt by Frankel was expected to make a winning return to action last month at Chester but he turned in a hugely disappointing effort in the Huxley Stakes.
Oisin Murphy's mount was much to free on the front end and left himself with little to offer when the race got serious as he trailed in last of five runners behind Forest Ranger.
A Group Two winner in France last year, Meade is hoping he'll have him spot on for next week Royal Ascot date, while the Manton handler is fully aware of the scale of task in front of him should Cracksman turn up.
"I just don't know what to put Chester down to, but he's in great form now," said Meade.
"He'll go for the Prince of Wales's, which unfortunately means taking Cracksman on, but there was little between them in the Derby (last year).
"I can't put the Chester run down to anything. We mentioned his heart but we can see no evidence of that apart from his heart rate was a bit high. Hopefully we'll see him at his best next week."
Cracksman comes in the Ascot contest having scrambled home to win the Coronation Cup at Epsom from rank outsider Salouen earlier this month. Given his apparently unease at Epsom, he's expected by many to improve significantly at Ascot.
Eminent is 10/1 to win the Prince of Wales's Stakes, with Cracksman 2/5 and Lancaster Bomber 8/1.
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