Sole Power is set for another crack at the Darley July Cup at Newmarket tomorrow.
Eddie Lynam's veteran speedster is still to win at six furlongs but ran really well when finishing fourth to Muhaarar 12 months ago and with underfoot conditions on the July Course set to be on the fast side, connections are hopeful of another big run.
Lynam said: "Everybody was ready to go to Ascot. We'd have loved to go, but there's no point (on soft ground). He's been very good to me so I have to look after him and there was no point running him."
"He thinks he's still at his peak. The form book says he's not, but he's in great form and he's enjoying it. He's in a few races over here - the Sapphire Stakes and the Flying Five - so we'll race him on this season anyway."
Air Force Blue is a fascinating contender for Aidan O'Brien, who is bidding to win the July Cup for a fourth time.
The War Front colt was crowned last season's champion juvenile after completing a hat-trick of Group 1 victories in October's Dewhurst Stakes, but he has been bitterly disappointing in both the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket and the Irish equivalent at the Curragh.
Connections have decided to bring him back from a mile to six furlongs for this weekend's feature event and he has been heavily backed during the week.
Kevin Buckley, the UK representative for Coolmore, said: "After the two opportunities he's had this year, we need to readjust and drop him down in trip.
"Ground is important as well, I think, and he's going to have all those things in his favour on Saturday, so fingers crossed.
"It's a very competitive race."