Euchen Glen, a Group Three winner on his last two starts, is among 31 entries for the Betfair November Handicap at Doncaster.
Jim Goldie’s seven-year-old has taken the Cumberland Lodge and the St Simon Stakes this autumn – but won a handicap as recently as September.
That success came in the Old Borough Cup at Haydock, and he has gone up 8lb in the ratings since then to 109.
He would have to carry top weight of 9st 10lb in Saturday’s Town Moor feature, on the final day of the Flat turf season, should he take his chance.
Rated just 1lb below is Raymond Tusk. The Richard Hannon-trained five-year-old was well-beaten in seventh place behind Euchen Glen at Newbury last month, but that was his first start since January.
“Until we get him back into form, we are a little unsure about what is his trip,” said Tim Palin, syndicate manager for owners Middleham Park Racing.
“He’s out of form, and the handicapper has dropped him 3lb.”
“We’ve got (all-weather) finals’ day at the back of our minds, but there is no point going anywhere unless he’s in form.
“The little niggles he had were a poisoned foot after Wolverhampton in the winter, and he cracked a rib in his box in the summer, which stopped us going to the Ebor. It’s not like he’s had a tendon or a leg to explain why he’s not running his races.”
Palin is still hopeful, however.
“He’s had a lovely break,” he added.
“We can’t argue for fitness this time, and he’s been flying at home.
“At this moment, he’s not telling us that he should be retired – but he’s just not been in form for 12 months.
“If the ground is really bad, we might give it a swerve and wait for a fast-track qualifier. If the ground is decent we might take our chance. We are just trying to get him back into form.”
Middleham Park may also be represented by Glencadam Glory, sixth in the St Simon, and Beechwood Jude – who is not guaranteed a run.
“Glencadam Glory has run some belting races. He actually beat Raymond last time,” said Palin.
“Things are absolutely spot on for him, and going down in grade could be exactly what he wants.
“I know we were flattered when second in the Ebor. He got the run of the race in front, and it was a Group horse that hunted us down. (But) if he could put in a performance like the Ebor, he should be there or thereabouts.
“He’s a likely runner, and Beechwood Jude is a definite runner if he gets in.
“He’s in the form of his life and he will love one mile four furlongs and the really soft ground.
“It was a bit of a punt putting him in, because we didn’t think he’d necessarily get in. In a normal year he’d never get in, but we thought there might be a chance he’d sneak in at the bottom.”
Glencadam Glory is one of three possibles from Tim Easterby’s stable – along with Aasheq and Bollin Joan.
Hughie Morrison’s Whitehaven and Roger Charlton’s Win O’Clock have both been in good form of late.
Other possibles include Ralph Beckett’s lightly-raced but well-fancied Sam Cooke, John Ryan’s Hiroshima, the Ian Williams-trained Kingbrook and David O’Meara’s Eagle Court – while John Queally’s Arcadian Sunrise is the sole Irish-trained entry.