David Elsworth is hoping there is enough moisture in the ground to help with Classic Punch's bid for the BGC Stakes (registered as the Gordon Stakes) as Glorious Goodwood gets under way today.
Successful in the race 12 months ago with The Geezer, Elsworth believes the 2006 renewal to be every bit as tough, although he is confident that Classic Punch, half-brother to the celebrated Persian Punch, will give a good account.
Classic Punch was not disgraced in a rough race on his latest start in the Budweiser Irish Derby at the Curragh, even though he finished ninth behind Dylan Thomas.
The Newmarket trainer said: "With all due respect to my winner last year, he would have found this race tougher.
"Classic Punch does like a bit of juice in the ground and I just wish they would have a drop more rain or that they would water. I'm not making excuses for his run in Ireland, although it was a rough race and it might have come a bit quick for him after his winning reappearance. I do think the Irish Derby was the best race run in Europe this year for three-year-olds."
Classic Punch and Luberon are the only two of today's seven runners without an entry in the Ladbrokes St Leger in September but Elsworth has not ruled out the York Classic.
"The Leger is a possibility but he is in the Great Voltigeur at York and that is a race we would give serious consideration to," he added.
Another trainer with one eye on conditions is Jeremy Noseda, responsible for Sixties Icon.
The Newmarket trainer is considering the St Leger for the Galileo colt, who finished seventh in the Vodafone Derby and third in the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot.
"I feel Sixties Icon is a horse who is improving gradually. He does handle a fast surface and I need to get another run into him," saoid Noseda. "He is a stuffy horse and if we are to have a tilt at the St Leger, it is important that I get two more runs into him before then."
Mick Channon is looking forward to a big run from Hazeymm, runner-up in the Lingfield Derby Trial and eighth in the French Derby.
"He's not a horse who shows you anything at home but his form is rock solid and there for all to see. It looks a warm Group Three but he's very well in himself," said the West Ilsley trainer.
Iffraaj has been given a glowing appraisal by Godolphin's Simon Crisford ahead of the Betfair Cup.
The five-year-old heads a field of ten for the Group Two contest  registered as the Lennox Stakes  and looks set to start favourite in the hands of Frankie Dettori.
Iffraaj was unlucky when narrowly failing to catch Les Arcs in the July Cup at New-market but his connections took that defeat on the chin.
Crisford, racing manager to the Dubai outfit, said: "I'm not a great believer in luck and prefer to recognise the bare result, which is there in the formbook. He's stepping up in distance but appears to be very well in himself."
Gerard Butler is equally happy with Nayyir, who won this race in 2002 and 2003. The trainer said: "A little blip prevented him running in a Group race on the all-weather at Lingfield but he quickly got over that and I'm delighted that John Egan, who has known him well through the years and is in top form, is back on board."
Fast Freddie returns to action in the Betfair Molecomb Stakes after being off the track for almost four months.
Tim Pitt's two-year-old has not been seen since early April, when he was third in the second of his two runs at Lingfield.
He hurt himself while being prepared for the Lily Agnes Stakes at Chester in May but is reported to be back to full fitness.