RICHARD FAHEY reckons Gabrial's Kaka has the "right sort of profile" to win the William Hill Lincoln at Doncaster on Saturday.
The Malton trainer is aiming to saddle the four-year-old, along with stable complanion Hi There, in Flat racing's traditional curtain-raiser on Town Moor and believes the Dr Marwan Koukash-trained horse is primed and ready to run.
Fahey won the mile-long £100,000 contest with Brae Hill two years ago but it's unlikely he will make the cut this time, despite also being placed in the race in both 2011 and 2013.
As he surveyed his runners in a morning gallop at his Musley Bank base, Fahey said of their chances: "When you're targeting a horse at the Lincoln, the preparation begins early in the year and then you just have to wait and see what the ground is like.
"Gabrial's Kaka is in great order and hopefully he'll run a big race. He has the right sort of profile for the race as four-year-old and hopefully he's still improving.
"He'll need to have improved to win it, running off a mark of 95, but we think he has and we're very happy with him at the moment.
"Hi There is probably more of a mile-and-a-quarter horse and wants soft ground.
"It doesn't look like we're going to get that now, but he's fit and well and ready to take his chance.
"The fact Brae Hill doesn't look like getting in shows you how high the standard of the race is now.
"If he did sneak in I wouldn't draw a line though through him, but I'm not sure he's in the same form he has been for the last couple of years as he's missed a bit of work.
"Years ago you could get horses that were unexposed into the Lincoln - now you almost have to be badly handicapped just to get in."
There are currently 79 horses left in the Lincoln at the confirmation stage.