TOP PROSPECT King Ottokar could line up in the Chester Vase next month.
Trainer Charlie Fellowes is considering using the Group 3 as a stepping stone to the Derby, for which the colt is as short as 16-1.
The son of Motivator ran out an emphatic winner of a hot race at Newbury on his return to action.
And the upwardly mobile Fellowes is keen to give the three-year-old another run before the 1m4f Classic on 1 June.
Fellowes said: "We will let him tell us when he is ready to run, because he is a big colt, but we are slightly dictated by the ground as we won't run him on really quick ground.
"I think the Dante is too close to the Derby – and Lingfield, you rarely get cut in the ground – and you are more likely to get cut at Chester, because it doesn't dry out as quick.
"He will have an entry in the Dee Stakes, but I'm leaning more towards the Chester Vase on a track like that.
"It was a professional performance at Newbury the last day.
"He did everything brilliantly – he travelled, settled and had no problems staying the mile and a quarter."
The betting for the Derby is currently headed by the unbeaten Too Darn Hot at 6-1.
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