Newmarket preview: Shadwell Joel Stakes (15.40)
Trained by Roger Charlton, colt made impressive seasonal return when winning a hot handicap at Newbury in terrific style, coming from of the pace before showing an instant turn of foot to win going away by 1 1/2 lengths.
Time Test was the pitched into Group 3 company and put in a stunning display to land the Tercentenary Stakes at Royal Ascot by 3 1/2 lengths.
The three-year-old was always travelling strongly, and after making smooth headway a furlong from home quickened clear to score in effortless fashion in a fast time.
It was a most taking performance and Time Test was sent off a well-backed 4/1 second-favourite for the Group 1 Juddmote Stakes at York last month on the back of it.
Although the son of Dubawi could finish only a 4 3/4 length fourth, the runner-up Golden Horn has since come out and won the Group 1 Irish Champion Stakes and the third home The Grey Gatsby is a really solid top class performer.
In the circumstances it wasn’t a bad run, and a reproduction should be more than good enough to see Time Test get back to winning ways now dropped in grade.
Custom Cut is a tough and consistent sort and looks sure to give it his best shot to land back to-to-back successes.
The gelding enjoyed a fine 2014 when completing a five-timer in this contest and looked better than ever when landing the Group 2 Sandown Mile on return to action, finding plenty to beat Here Comes When by a cosy 1 1/2 lengths.
Custom Cut has since run really well to finish runner-up in the Group 2 Diomed Stakes at Epsom and comes into the contest having landed a Group 2 contest at Leopardstown in good style.
The five-year-old is a real battler and if there are any chinks in Tim Test’s armoury then the son of Notnowcato will expose them.
Coral’s top tip: Time Test brings the strongest form into the contest and looks a worthy favourite to get the better of the admirable Custom Cut