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Desert Crown is “in good shape” as his comeback journey continues.

After suffering an injury, Desert Crown, who has not competed since impressively winning the Derby, is back in training and “looks a million dollars.”

The Nathaniel son has competed just three times, winning the Dante and the Epsom Classic twice during his three-year-old campaign.

However, Sir Michael Stoute’s star suffered an ankle injury later, preventing him from competing in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes and other important races this season.

However, as a four-year-old, Saeed Suhail will keep him in training, and Bruce Raymond, the owner’s racing manager, stated that he is back at Newmarket.

“Desert Crown is in good shape,” said Raymond. “He was turned out for a bit at Darley.

“He was there for about eight weeks and it did him really good.

“He came back in around mid-November and I saw him last week.

“He looks a million dollars – you’d think it was June. He has a beautiful coat, he looks great and started cantering five days before Michael got back from Barbados. He has been cantering away, although not strong cantering. Everything has been OK.”

Stoute was reluctant to outline plans, stating: “It’s February. I haven’t made any plans and we don’t want to get carried away with anything.”

Raymond, on the other hand, is of the opinion that he will compete in the King George before going to the Brigadier Gerard Stakes at Sandown on May 25.

He added: “I would have thought he would go to the Brigadier Gerard and then the King George. It is the usual route.

“Michael won’t say anything, of course. If I ask him, he will say, ‘That’s for you to guess and me to know!’.

“So I’m guessing he’s going in that direction, but he does look well and we’ll just have to see what happens.”

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