Sir Mark Prescott excels with his older horses over extreme distances and in the shape of Key Time he looks to hold the key to the 121st Year of The Watt Memorial Handicap at Beverley.
Prescott is a master at handling the late maturing type and they usually rattle up a handful of quick wins before the handicapper can catch up with them.
Key Time has followed the usual Prescott route by having a few runs over a distance way short of his best before tackling two miles for the first time and it is then his real potential emerged.
He signed off last season with a win at Goodwood on his first attempt over two miles off a mark of 58 and he had the look of a horse who could improve greatly.
First time out this season at Redcar on firm ground he landed his second career success beating established handicappers such as Mr Majestic, Mister Arjay and Cripsey Brook. Two weeks later he was sent to Warwick and on paper looked to have a pretty straightforward task but ran into Mark Johnston's Raslan who proved two lengths too good. That is no disgrace though as he has followed up by eight lengths since then.
Sent back up north to Catterick last week he coasted home by five lengths from the useful Industrial Star and under a 6lb penalty for this race he should take all the beating.
Angaric is fancied to enhance his progressive profile by winning the Join Racing UK Club Handicap over an extended seven furlongs on the same card.
A 55,000 guineas son of high-class sprinter Pivotal, whose progeny often improve with age, he began his career with some modest efforts, but has really blossomed this season.
Returning from a six-month break, he defied his long absence to finish second in a six-furlong Catterick maiden some three months ago and has never finished out of the first two in four handicaps since, winning two of them.
Now racing off a 6lb higher mark than when scoring over today's course and distance at the end of May, he has only been raised 2lb for his latest narrow defeat over a mile at Leicester and, in his current form, must be fancied to extend an excellent sequence of results.
Newport-based trainer Paul Blockley has a fine strike-rate with his small number of juvenile runners including The Slider who scored at Beverley earlier this month and looks capable of following up in the Gaymers Cider Selling Stakes at Brighton.
The daughter of Erhaab ran a promising race when finishing fourth on her race-course debut on the polytrack at Wolverhampton and fulfilled that promise by winning a selling race over seven furlongs at Beverley on her first start on turf.
She was only a narrow winner on that occasion but this race looks no tougher and with further progress on the cards it will be no surprise to see her get the better of the opposition once again.
Godolphin's form has picked up of late following Iffraaj's near-miss in the July Cup at Newmarket and a onetwo in the Summer Mile at Lingfield. And in the shape of Reunite they look to have the answer to Listed Freederm Virginia Stakes at Yarmouth.
A cosy winner on her debut she was talked of as a potential Guineas runner but she did not quite live up to those expectations.
Even still, she did reappear with a victory in a small Nottingham handicap that suggested there was better to come, especially as it came at a time when the Godolphin string were out of form.