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Trouble in store at Goodwood

Marcus Tregoning is hoping a return to Goodwood and the prospect of easier conditions will help Snow Trouble bounce back to form.

The three-year-old showed he is well able to handle the Sussex Downs when victorious at the track last August and he made a pleasing seasonal reappearance when narrowly beaten on the all-weather at Kempton last month.

He ran the first disappointing race of his career when well-beaten in handicap company at Newmarket's Guineas meeting, but Tregoning is confident his charge is capable of much better than he showed on the Rowley Mile.

"He was disappointing last time, but he just didn't let himself down on the ground," said Whitsbury-based trainer.

"In my experience fast ground at Newmarket is as fast as it is anywhere in the country and he didn't handle it at all.

"He is coming back from a below-par run on strictly on the ratings it looks a tall order, but he's won at Goodwood before, so we know he handles the track, and that might not be the case for every horse in the race.

"There is plenty of rain forecast and he wouldn't mind some cut in the ground, so we're hoping for the best."

Signposted holds an entry in the King Edward VII Stakes at Ascot next month and trainer Andrew Balding is keen to see whether a trip to the Royal meeting is realistic by letting his colt compete in the Listed Casco EBF Stallions Cocked Hat Stakes on Friday.

Balding said: "He's in good form and just caught a bit flat-footed in the Derby Trial at Lingfield last time.

"He's in great shape now, though, and I think he has probably improved since the Lingfield race, so hopefully he'll run well on Friday.

"He's got the entry at Royal Ascot and we'll know a lot more about where we're heading with him after this."

The Luca Cumani-trained Postponed kicked off his campaign with a fine third behind Toormore in the Craven Stakes and was then to Barley Mow in the Newmarket Stakes.

Cumani said: "Postponed has taken his race at Newmarket very well and both of his runs have been quite good this year without collecting.

"We still think there is more to come from him and going up in trip again should help."

Barley Mow is also in this one-mile-three-furlong contest for Richard Hannon and Richard Hughes.

John Gosden's Marzocco and Roger Charlton's Observational complete the six-strong field.