John Gosden's Foundation heads a select field of six in the Novae Bloodstock Craven Stakes at Newmarket on Thursday.
While it will be going some to suggest he can fill the void left by Golden Horn, Foundation did very little wrong last season, only losing his unbeaten record due to a luckless run in the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster.
He is well fancied for the Derby but connections have always harboured doubts about his ability to stay 12 furlongs.
Foundation will team up again with Frankie Dettori and he told his Ladbrokes blog: "He's currently third favourite for the Derby and fourth favourite for the 2000 Guineas and he looks to be in really good shape at home.
"He's already won at Newmarket and was really unlucky in the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster last time out so we have high hopes for him - he would have been a lot closer with a clear run, so I am sure he will show his true colours on Thursday.
"I think a mile is the shortest he wants to go, but the plan is to run him here and then the Dante at York could be next on his agenda. We'll then have to make our minds up if he stays a mile and half or a mile and a quarter, but that's what the trials are there for - to help us plan the season ahead.
"At the moment it would be very hard to commit to anything, but we know he is a top horse who deserves his chance at this level and I'm really looking forward to riding him again."
Aidan O'Brien sends over Shogun, Richard Hannon runs both Tony Curtis and Steel Of Madrid, Saeed bin Suroor is represented by Very Talented while Ed Walker runs his big hope, Stormy Antarctic, second in a Group One in France at the end of last season.