The six and a half furlong Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville on Sunday has the connections of Prime Defender anticipating a top performance by the horse in the event.
The legitimate reason for his poor showing in the July Cup was that the horse was found to have thrown a plate when coming home in eleventh place behind Starspangledbanner.
"Unfortunately he pulled a shoe off in the July Cup and he was sore for a good three or four days afterwards," Hills' son and assistant Charlie said.
"We had to be easy with him and lay off for a week after that race. He's going well now again and we're looking forward to Sunday.
"We couldn't be more pleased with him. He was a little bit unfortunate with the draw at Ascot, but he wasn't beaten very far, about four lengths that day, so he ran a pretty good race there.
"Hopefully we can come on from that run.
"He's been around the world and he's got used to the travelling involved. It's a trip he should enjoy and the ground shouldn't be a problem.
"It looks a very open race now with Paco Boy not going so there are many horses in there with a good chance."