Mr Scaramanga (Simon Dow/Harry Bentley) returns to Lingfield Park for the feature £40,000 Listed 32Red International Trial Stakes on Saturday 8th April.

Recent winners of the mile Polytrack contest include Dubawi Gold (2011) and Van Der Neer (2013), who finished second and third respectively in the G1 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket, plus multiple G2 winner Bow Creek (2014).

Mr Scaramanga was trained by Richard Hannon for much of last season and produced some notable efforts including when fourth behind Churchill in the Listed Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot and third in Newmarket’s G2 Superlative Stakes.

The Sir Percy colt was sold for 90,000 guineas at Tattersalls in October and made the perfect start for current connections in a mile novice race at Lingfield Park in December.

He disappointed on his next outing in a conditions race at Newcastle, but recouped his price tag and more with a narrow victory on turf in the local G2 Al Biddah Mile at Doha, Qatar, on 25th February.

Trainer Simon Dow said: “Mr Scaramanga has come back from Qatar in great order.

“We are not sure about running on the All-Weather again because his form does seem better on the turf.

“He has a three pound penalty on Saturday for his win in Qatar, which makes it tough for him, but this race is on our doorstep and there is good prize money on offer. I am sure he will run a good race.

“He could go travelling again after Saturday as he has an Italian Guineas entry, although that is nothing more than a consideration at this stage. There are also races like the Esher Cup at Sandown and we would love to run him at Epsom during the Derby meeting. The owners are also very keen to go to Royal Ascot.”

Mr Scaramanga’s six rivals include Law And Order (James Tate/Martin Harley), who was third in the G3 Horris Hill Stakes on his latest start, and Chantilly Listed scorer Baileys Showgirl (Mark Johnston/Silvestre de Sousa), one of two fillies in the line-up.

Hamdan Al Maktoum’s Eqtiraan (Richard Hannon/Jim Crowley) is set for his first start since being gelded. He defeated leading Classic contender Rivet when the pair clashed on debut at Ascot in July before finishing third behind South Seas in the G3 Solario Stakes at Sandown Park.

The field is completed by Solario Stakes fifth Majoris (Hugo Palmer/Andrea Atzeni), Paco’s Angel (Richard Hughes/Shane Kelly) and Ay Ay (David Elsworth/Fran Berry).

Sarah Elsley

Sarah Elsley is a freelance editor and proofreader who is the Junior News Editor for Eclipse magazine. She has a degree in English Literature and is a keen horse rider with an interest in fashion at the races and fiction writing.

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