Hills has eye on Fielden prize
Charlie Hills is excited about seeing Perennial make his three-year-old debut in the Blue Square Feilden Stakes at Newmarket on Wednesday.
After beating the equally promising Encke on his racecourse introduction at Doncaster, the son of Motivator still looked green when running second in the Autumn Stakes at Newmarket in October.
Hills is thrilled with how his colt has wintered and is confident of a big run at Headquarters from a horse who he believes could be a Derby prospect.
"I'm delighted with how he has done from two to three and the aim for some time has been to bring him to this race," said Hills.
"It's an ideal place to start him off. He's bred to get the Derby trip so after tomorrow we'll probably be stepping him up in trip again.
"He won his maiden well at Doncaster and was then unlucky in the Autumn Stakes and during the winter we were hoping he could be a Derby horse.
"We've got to run him to find out but I'm very pleased with how he's working at home."
The powerful Godolphin team are represented by Pembrey, a narrow winner of a maiden at the track in October.
His trainer, Mahmood Al Zarooni, hopes to learn more about his charge by testing him in Listed company.
"He is a nice horse, but we don't really know how good he is," said Al Zarooni.
"He won his maiden at Newmarket over a mile last year and I don't think the extra furlong should be a problem.
"He is working nicely and time will tell if he is up to this level."