David Pipe can add his name to the recent list of primarily National Hunt trainers to hit the mark in the Together For Racing International Cesarewitch as Leoncavallo looks primed to strike at Newmarket.
The two-and-a-quarter-mile feature has been won twice by Willie Mullins, Philip Hobbs, Nicky Henderson and Pipe's father Martin, plus Alan King once, all since the turn of the century - although that perhaps should not be so surprising given the trip and the type of horses housed in their stables.
Pipe has not actually had Leoncavallo that long, but the eight-year-old has certainly taken a liking to his new surroundings.
Beaten a nose on his debut for the yard at Sandwon on the Flat in June, a month later he bolted up in a novice chase at Stratford.
He was back on the level for his most recent outing at Haydock, where he never came off the bridle in winning by almost five lengths and could have easily been raised by more than the 6lb leap he has incurred.
That meant Pipe had to sweat over whether to give him another run to make sure of his place in the field, but the race cut up markedly at the five-day stage and he gets a run off a very low weight.
Leoncavallo has had 11 starts on the level to date, so there is every chance he is unexposed for one of his age.
The Darley Dewhurst Stakes looks well up to standard - but the way Joseph O'Brien's colt Thunder Moon who has won his three races to date.
Aidan O'Brien's Kyprios looked a real stayer when winning on debut and should be suited by 10 furlongs in the Godolphin Flying Start Zetland Stakes.Today's selections
CHELMSFORD: 4.08 Highfield Princess, 4.45 Rochford, 5.25 Bullace, 5.55 Calatrava, 6.30 Katniss Everdean, 7.00 Cowboy Soldier, 7.30 Montys Inn, 8.00 War Leader, 8.30 Lord Halifax.
CHEPSTOW: 1.40 Hell Red, 2.12 Didtheyleaveuoutto, 2.47 Boldmere, 3.22 Fiddlerontheroof, 3.57 Flash The Steel, 4.32 Casablanca Mix, 5.07 Just No Risk, 5.42 Famoso.
FAIRYHOUSE: 1.35 Surin, 2.05 Anything Will Do, 2.40 Lord Lariat, 3.15 Small Bad Bob, 3.50 Think Positive, 4.25 Samantha Sunshine, 5.00 Call His Bluff, 5.35 Rightful Mind.
HEXHAM: 12.25 Glorious Lady, 12.55 Flint Hill, 1.25 Always Tipsy, 1.55 Little Bruce, 2.28 Black Ebony, 3.03 Lough Kent, 3.40 Stitch Up, 4.11 Miss Lamb.
LIMERICK: 12.50 Improving, 1.20 Castle Stables, 1.50 Dalvey, 2.24 Lottieloveheart, 2.59 The Cola Kid, 3.30 Dance Jupiter, 4.05 Sleepy Head, 4.40 Amlad.
NEWMARKET: 1.10 Tawaareq, 1.45 Kyprios, 2.20 Maximal, 2.55 Thunder Moon, 3.35 LEONCAVALLO (NAP), 4.15 Millisle, 4.50 Highest Ground.
YORK: 1.00 The Tin Man, 1.30 Just Fine, 2.00 Blackrod, 2.35 Ilaraab, 3.10 Kimifive, 3.45 Cape Horn, 4.20 Eddystone Rock, 4.55 Fishable.DOUBLE: Leoncavallo and Kyprios.