Old Town Boy will attempt to give Charlie McBride the perfect end to the 2014 Flat campaign by taking the final major handicap of the season.
Newmarket handler McBride is to send the son of Myboycharlie up to Doncaster on Saturday to contest the valuable Betfred November Handicap.
It will be the second race in succession the three-year-old has ventured up to Yorkshire to race having won a Class Two handicap at York last time out over a mile and a half under Ryan Moore.
“Old Town Boy has been working well since his last run with another horse in the yard called Rite To Reign,” said McBride. “He run very well at York and was put up six pounds for that.
“We are hoping for another good run for him.”
With ground conditions likely to be soft, and a strong possibility of plenty of pace in the race McBride believes his runner should have everything in his favour.
“He nearly got beat at York last time as there was not enough pace and Ryan (Moore) who rode him that day said he needs a strong gallop,” said McBride. “The key to this horse though is soft ground as that is what he loves.
“His only disappointing races this year have come on faster ground and that is why we turned him out for the summer.
“With the rain forecast at Doncaster between now and the weekend I would be very surprised if the going was not soft.
“He is probably a stone better running on soft ground.”
While Old Town Boy has made two successful returns to the winners’ enclosure this season, McBride is of the opinion that there could be even more to come from him next season.
“I am not saying there is loads of improvement left as according to the handicapper has already improved 25lb this season, but you never know when they are going to stop,” said McBride. “He is a bit like two other horses I had in the yard John Louis and Harry Buckle they were both good at three, but better at four so that gives me reason to believe he will improve again next season. He could turn out to be an Ebor type horse.”
Should Old Town Boy oblige on Saturday, it would also represent a milestone winner for McBride, with it being his 20th of the year.
“We have had a really good year this year and we have equalled last year’s total of 19 winners,” said McBride. “One more winner to beat last year’s total would really make the season for me as that is the aim we set out achieve each year.”