HARRY HERBERT is keeping everything crossed that Census remains in one piece ahead of his bid for Classic glory in the Ladbrokes St Leger next month.
Following a couple of creditable performances in defeat, the three-year-old looked the part when defeating Brown Panther in Saturday's Geoffrey Freer Stakes at Newbury, elevating him to prominence in the ante-post lists for Doncaster on September 10.
Herbert, racing manager for owners Highclere Thoroughbred Racing, believes the youngster is improving with every run -- and already has one eye on next season.
"He's come out of the race fine, I believe, and he'll now have a nice, easy week. Then it will be back to preparation for the big day," said Herbert.
"It was great to see him win so well. He's been improving all the time, and the way that he won the race I thought was very impressive.
"He travelled very well and was still a little bit babyish when asked to go and win his race. But then he knuckled down and you could see the further he went the better he's going to be.
"He's a horse we've been very careful with this year and, looking ahead to next season, it would be nice to think we have a Cup horse in the making.
"We thought we might have a Leger horse and after Saturday we look to be going there with a proper piece of kit. He goes on any ground and seems a pretty versatile horse. We're just hoping now that he stays in one piece and any niggles can stay out of the system over the next few weeks."
My Propeller is to tackle five furlongs for the first time in Saturday's Julia Graves Roses Stakes at York.
The filly, who is owned by Newcastle footballer Joey Barton and trained by Peter Chapple-Hyam, has only raced at six furlongs in her three races so far.
The high point of her career was winning a maiden at Pontefract by 17 lengths, while she blasted out of the stalls in last month's Cherry Hinton Stakes at Newmarket before she folded rapidly in the final furlong.
"We're going to try her over five in the Roses Stakes," revealed Chapple-Hyam.
"We think the best thing to do is drop her back in trip and we'll find out at the weekend."
Freddie Head reports his two star half-sisters Goldikova and Galikova to have emerged sound from their exploits at Deauville on Monday.
Galikova is only half the age of her sibling and has a long way to go before she can match her achievements, but lined herself up for Group One objectives by reversing French Oaks form with Golden Lilac in the Prix Guillaume d'Ornano.
She was subsequently cut in the betting for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.
Goldikova, already a record-breaking winner of 14 Group and Grade Ones, was not able to stretch her mark to 15 when she finished a length adrift of Immortal Verse in the Prix Jacques le Marois.
"They are both very well," said Head. "I'm happy with how they have taken their races and they have eaten up."
Paul Cole's juvenile prospect Overpowered was killed in an accident over the weekend.
Owned by Jill Haines and Jared Sullivan, the son of Choisir broke his duck at Ripon before bolting up in a nursery at the Newmarket July meeting and was entered in next month's Champagne Stakes at Doncaster.
"Unfortunately, we lost one of our best two- year-olds, Overpowered, in a freak box accident on Saturday," said Cole.