Henry Cecil’s multiple Group One winner Midday is likely to start off her season in the Middleton Stakes at York on May 12.
The five-year-old was last seen when narrowly failing to defend her Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf crown at Churchill Downs.
Her owner Prince Khalid Abdullah has taken the brave decision to keep her in training and connections are eyeing up the York event after she finished second to Sariska in the corresponding event last season.
“It was quite a hard winter in Newmarket – especially in the early part – and Midday took a little bit more time than some just to come around,” Abdullah’s racing manager Teddy Grimthorpe said.
“But in the last three or four weeks she has really begun to bloom.
“The Middleton Stakes is very much on her radar as the likely starting point of her campaign.”
Among the others engaged are stablemates Timepiece, Vita Nova, the Sir Michael Stoute trio of Eleanora Duse, Nouriya and Crystal Capella, Brian Meehan’s Field Day and the Mick Channon-trained Music Show.