Squats will have his final qualifying run for All-Weather Championships Finals Day in the £11,500 32Red Handicap (2.50pm) over just short of six furlongs at Wolverhampton today, March 26.
The William Haggas-trained three-year-old was sixth to Merdon Castle in a five-furlong Fast-Track Qualifier at Chelmsford City on February 4 and was last seen out when fifth to Primrose Valley in a conditions race over the same distance at Lingfield Park on February 27.
Squats had some good form last year, notably when a close third in a five-furlong Listed event at Ascot in September and fourth, beaten two lengths, in the Group Three Cornwallis Stakes at Newmarket the following month.
He is one of 15 entries for the £150,000 Unibet Three-Year-Old Sprint over five furlongs at Lingfield Park on All-Weather Championships Finals Day, Good Friday, April 3, for which he is a 9/1 chance with Unibet.
Bruce Raymond, racing manager for owner Sheikh Rashid Dalmook Al Maktoum, said: “Squats needs to run here so that he is qualified for the race on Good Friday. It’s a bit close but if he doesn’t win on Thursday then he is not going to win on Good Friday.
“He has been beaten in his last couple of starts when we thought he would go well, but he had excuses. I think he needed his first run and then last time we told Ryan (Moore) to hold on to him a little bit but it was probably the wrong thing to do around a sharp track like Lingfield.
“Wolverhampton is obviously a little easier in that respect and we are expecting a good run.”
Squats, who will be partnered with Graham Gibbons, is set to face seven rivals at Wolverhampton. They are headed by Wanting (Charlie Appleby/Adam Kirby), who is unbeaten in two starts, plus the lightly-raced pair of Belvoir Diva (Chris Wall/Ted Durcan) and Edgar Balthazar (Keith Dalgleish/Shane Gray).
State Of The Union (David O’Meara/Sam James) is also having his third qualifying run after finishing fifth at Wolverhampton in February and third behind Wanting at Kempton Park on March 11.