Outback set to blossom in Rose

Views from connections ahead of Saturday's Betway Golden Rose Stakes at Lingfield.

Outback Traveller (right): Lightly raced on the all-weather

Robert Cowell reports Outback Traveller to be in prime shape as he tackles the Polytrack in the Betway Golden Rose Stakes at Lingfield on Saturday.

The five-year-old has just had the five starts on turf this season because of his ground dependency.

However, he demonstrated his ability when winning the ultra-competitive Wokingham Handicap at Royal Ascot.

Cowell has had this race in mind for some time and is hoping Outback Traveller is up to the task.

"He's in great form. We've targeted this race for a while because he's quite particular what he needs on the grass and he handles the all-weather fine," said the Newmarket trainer.

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"I don't know if this is going to be a bit quick for him, but he seems in great form. It looks a tough race, so we'll roll the dice and see what happens."

Ed Walker runs both Aeolus and Captain Colby in this fast-track qualifier for the All-Weather Championships on Good Friday.

Aeolus is bidding for quick compensation having been caught on the line by Growl in the Listed Wentworth Stakes at Doncaster last Saturday.

"If he can turn up in the same form as last time, he should be hard to beat," said Walker's assistant Jack Steels.

"All the signs at home are very encouraging that he's got over his race fine. Hopefully, he can go very close."

Captain Colby is on a retrieval mission, having run no race at all in the Coral Sprint Trophy at York last month after lifting the Portland Handicap at Doncaster in September.

"If he can return to the form he was in when he won the Portland, then he might have a shout of making the first three," said Steels.

"You can put a line through York last time. He just raced very lazily."

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