Restorer set for Floodlit run

Restorer is set for his first start since finishing fourth in the Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket in the spring.

William Muir will give Restorer a break after Wednesday

The grey four-year-old Mastercraftsman colt proved himself at Listed level last October with a comfortable victory in the 10-furlong James Seymour Stakes at Newmarket. He was a non-runner in the same race this year due to the ground.

He will bid for another win at that level in the the £40,000 32Red Floodlit Stakes at Kempton Park on Wednesday.

Muir said: "Restorer had a knee operation after his run in the Jockey Club Stakes. It was something that had needed tidying up for a while so we decided to do it and he has come back really good.

"The reason we didn't run him at Newmarket on Saturday was because of the rough going. I think, had it been soft like last year, he would have gone very close.

"He never puts a foot wrong and always works like a very good horse. I am not so certain Kempton is his ideal track and I think he is probably better suited to 10 furlongs rather than 12 furlongs, but that's not to say he doesn't get it.

"The plan after this would be to give him a break and come back for the Winter Derby so that he is ready for the early part of next season."

Western Hymn is one of several high-profile performers engaged in the 12-furlong contest which boasts an excellent roll of honour with subsequent Group One scorers Pether's Moon (2013), Prince Bishop (2011), Mastery (2010) and Spanish Moon (2008) all winning in recent years.

Western Hymn has reached the frame three times at Group One level, most recently when third behind My Dream Boat and Found in the Prince Of Wales's Stakes over 10 furlongs at Royal Ascot in June.

The five-year-old has not matched that form in four subsequent starts and was last seen out when fifth in the St Simon Stakes at Newbury on October 22.

Western Hymn currently has a 100 per cent record on the All-Weather and at Kempton Park, having won there impressively in a mile maiden on debut back in 2013. He wears a visor for the first time on Wednesday.

The other class droppers in the line-up are Berkshire, fifth in the Group Two Prix du Conseil du Paris last time out, and Star Storm who was eighth when bidding for back-to-back victories in the Group Three Cumberland Lodge Stakes at Ascot.

The field is completed by last year's runner-up Hamelin, and once-raced maiden scorer Hell Yeah, plus the Mark Johnston-trained fillies Kiltara and Yorkidding.

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