Hoof It charging home in the Stewards' Cup in 2011PICTURE: Getty Images
Hoof It to bid for second Stewards' Cup success
HOOF IT, who carried top weight to victory in the Stewards' Cup at Glorious Goodwood two years ago, will attempt to repeat the feat in the heritage handicap next month.
Trained by Mick Easterby for golfer Lee Westwood and his agent Chubby Chandler, Hoof It has not won since, but connections still believe he "retains all of his ability".
Despite not winning, the six-year-old has run with credit at Group level and made his first start for more than a year when seventh in a Listed race at York on Saturday.
"Hoof It has come out of York okay and will be going to Glorious Goodwood for the Stewards' Cup," said Easterby's son and assistant David.
"He was ring-rusty at the weekend and will improve, but his wind was fine so I was happy with that.
"I still think he retains all of his ability. He had problems in his couple of runs last season, which he took a while to accept, but we have sorted it now, so the future looks rosy."
Hoof It is a general 20-1 chance for the 6f sprint and Easterby added: "He will be going in off 112 as the weights have already been released and carrying top weight, but that won't bother him as he showed two years ago."