Clive Cox believes the return to seven furlongs will see Balthazaar's Gift in a better light in the Betfair Cup at Glorious Goodwood today.
The seven-year-old put up an excellent performance to finish a half-length second to the reopposing Finjaan in the race 12 months ago before going on to win Newbury's Hungerford Stakes in impressive style.
A lack of opportunities has meant he has had to run over six furlongs on his first couple of starts this season but Cox is thrilled with his current condition.
“We're delighted to get him back to seven furlongs. He's run creditably over six furlongs and ran very well in the Golden Jubilee at Royal Ascot, but seven furlongs is his ideal trip,” said the trainer.
“He ran a super race here last year and I'm very happy that he's in good nick.
“The ground will be on the fast side but that should be fine for him. He goes there as a proven Group Two winner and likes the track, so I'm very confident of a good performance.”
Cox has an interesting second string to his bow in the shape of Dunelight who was placed in this race in 2008 and 2007 .
“This fellow loves it round here and has run some blinding races,” Cox added. “He wasn't beaten far by Paco Boy in this race a couple of years ago and is a Listed winner this season.”