Star Sports Derby winner Dorotas Wildcat made his overdue return to the track following a spell in the breeding paddocks with a 16.33 (-10) solo over Swindon’s 285 metres. His last trial, in June, was timed at 16.16 (-15).

Trainer Kevin Hutton said: “We’re pleased with that. He has only had a few gallops and obviously needed it. The plan at this stage is for a four-bender back at Swindon next week and we’ll know where we stand. If all went to plan, we would be looking to the All England Cup. If it doesn’t, then there is no rush with him.

“I have just got back from Ireland and with so many breeders giving up, it doesn’t seem worth retiring him to stud so he’ll stay in training next year.”

Meanwhile Wildcat’s Irish Oaks winning sister Forest Natalee has just produced eight pups by Ireland’s most popular young sire, Laughil Blake and within the last week, her dam Droopys Danneel has produced a repeat litter of five pups by Ballymac Vic.