Bomb Proof looks just that in the British Stallion Studs EBF Novice Stakes at Beverley today.
He burst onto the scene at York's Dante meeting last season, after which Frankie Dettori was waxing lyrical about the speedy colt.
In those days, he was trained by Jeremy Noseda - but since his retirement, Bomb Proof has been moved across Newmarket to James Fanshawe.
A son of Society Rock, Bomb Proof was favourite for the Windsor Castle this time last year but injury ruled him out of the meeting, and it must have been a pretty serious setback to keep him off for a year.
The fact he is reappearing over five, though, suggests he must be showing all the pace he displayed on his debut - and despite giving 7lb away all around, it does not look a very strong heat from the evidence on show.
Karl Burke will still be on a high following Dandalla's scintillating success in the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot, which topped off a great first few weeks of the season for the Leyburn handler.
In the Skidby Handicap, he runs Superiority who looks capable of providing him with another winner. Still a maiden after four runs, he stepped up significantly on what he had shown at two when second at Newcastle in early March before the lockdown. With further time to strengthen and off the same mark of just 64, he should take all the beating.
Mark Johnston's Perfect Rose can defy top weight in the first division of the Etton Handicap.
When we last saw her in May 2019 she finished a very fine second over seven furlongs at Haydock, having run over five on her only other outing.
Richard Hannon's Running Back is likely to come forward from a fine debut run, and looks the best bet at Kempton.
BEVERLEY: 12.45 BOMB PROOF (NAP), 1.15 Superiority, 1.45 Influence Is Power, 2.15 Perfect Rose, 2.45 Manzo Duro, 3.15 Golden Pass, 3.45 Ad Libitum, 4.15 Zihaam, 4.45 Zabeel Star.
CHEPSTOW: 4.35 Bluebell Time, 5.10 Hattusa, 5.40 Powerful Dream, 6.10 Marshal Dan, 6.40 Fieldsman, 7.10 Al Qaasim, 7.40 Limelighter, 8.10 Guardia Top.
KEMPTON: 4.55 Ville De Grace, 5.25 Running Back, 5.55 Sepahi, 6.25 Tasaamuh, 6.55 Aureum, 7.25 River Dawn, 7.55 Crimson King, 8.25 Dyagilev, 8.55 Night Of Fashion.
NAVAN: 1.00 Brosna Empress, 1.30 Street Kid, 2.00 Face Off, 2.30 I Am Thunder, 3.00 Lady Maura, 3.30 Hook Head, 4.00 Wojood, 4.30 Switch Around.
DOUBLE: Bomb Proof and Golden Pass.