Karl Burke believes there is further improvement in Rivellino ahead of the bookmakers.co.uk All-Weather Sprint Championships Conditions Stakes at Lingfield on Good Friday.
The four-year-old has registered two victories on the all-weather this winter and was last seen going down by a head to Tarooq in the Cleves Stakes in February.
He is likely to be among the leading contenders for his �150,000 target and Burke is keen on his chances.
He said: “We think we were slightly unlucky (last time). If you watch a re-run of the race, he really quickened halfway around the bend when Danny (Tudhope) asked him to and took off. I think he surprised Danny with his turn of foot, which pushed them a bit wide, and the winner came up the gap we left on the rail.
“Possibly, if he had held on for another 20 yards and got around the bend, then the result might have been different. It was just a little bit unfortunate, but Tarooq is a very good horse.
“We think Rivellino can improve a little bit on that run. He is maturing all the time and I am hoping he can transfer this winter’s form through the summer as well.
“If he puts in a run like either of his last two runs (the other was a win at Lingfield Park on February 8), then he is going to be in the shake-up on Good Friday.
“He is progressive and a horse we have always thought a lot of, but he was immature and had a few niggly little training problems along the way. He has started to fulfil our expectations on the racetrack.”Read the rest of the story British Horseracing Authority News Headlines