Red Cadeaux continues the first part of a varied programme for 2012 when he lines up for the Sportingbet Yorkshire Cup on Friday.
Ed Dunlop's globetrotting six-year-old ran tremendous races towards the end of last term in the Irish St Leger, Melbourne Cup and Hong Kong Vase.
Another ambitious campaign is being mapped out for Red Cadeaux, who made an encouraging return to action when runner-up to Colour Vision in the Sagaro Stakes at Kempton two weeks ago.
"Everything's gone well since the Sagaro and he seems in good form," said Dunlop.
"As expected, it's a competitive race and we hope for the best. This race fits in well with his programme.
"The ground might dry out a bit but it will still be decent good ground so we won't worry about that unless the jockeys say anything differently.
"We wanted to have a fairly early campaign - he might or might not go to Royal Ascot after this - then have a break and come back for an autumn campaign which will include going back to Australia for the Melbourne Cup."
Red Cadeaux's rivals includes Times Up, who is trained by Dunlop's father, John.
Times Up was a comfortable winner over this course and distance last May and will be having his first run of the season.
"Times Up has done plenty of work and has pleased the trainer. Any significant rain would not be welcome," said the Arundel trainer's racing secretary, Marcus Osgood.
The Godolphin-owned Be Fabulous won the Prix Royal-Oak at Longchamp when trained by Andre Fabre.
She now makes her British debut after joining Mahmood Al Zarooni's stables in Newmarket.
"She's a good filly, she won a Group One last year in France and I think the distance will suit her," said Al Zarooni.
"She is in really good form at home and Frankie (Dettori) rides her and we hope she can run a really good race.
"She will improve for the run, but we want to find out if she is good enough to run in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot."
Glen's Diamond makes a quick reappearance after failing to sparkle in the Huxley Stakes at Chester last week.
Trainer Richard Fahey is hoping this longer distance will eke out some improvement.
"We were disappointed with him at Chester, he just flattened out," said Fahey.
"Maybe he wants further and a bit of better ground will suit him."William Haggas would like to see a drop of rain to help Harris Tweed in his quest for Group Two glory following his all-the-way win in the Group Three John Porter Stakes at Newbury last month.
"He's back up in trip. He won over a mile and six as a three-year-old and he seems very well," said the Newmarket trainer.
"I hope they get a drop of rain as it would suit him. The ground's fine, but any more rain would help him."
Blue Bajan will try to make it third-time lucky in this race, having finished second in 2009 and 2011.
Trainer David O'Meara is hoping age is not catching up with the veteran, who has run respectably in both of his starts so far this season.
"We've been happy with his two runs this year. He's 10 years old now but he's done well in the Yorkshire Cup, finishing second a couple of times," said O'Meara.
"He'll go there and hopefully he'll run well. He likes it round York."
Clive Cox is hoping Electrolyser can put his best foot forward back on turf after not being totally suited by Kempton's all-weather surface when he was a long way behind Red Cadeaux in the Sagaro.
The grey had previously won the Further Flight Stakes at Nottingham on his return from Meydan.
"He did it really well when he won his Listed race at Nottingham first time out this year in the UK," said the Lambourn trainer.
"The all-weather track at Kempton just didn't play to his strengths.
"He's run well at York before and in this race, so course and distance are not a problem. I'm happy he's in good form, but it's a very hot race."