MICK described Wednesday at Royal Ascot as a 'working' day which in his lingo means he could struggle to have a winner.
Although the Thursday card looks as competetive as any so far the boss is hopeful BADDAM, MAN OF VISION and NOTICEABLE will put up bold showings in the Gold Cup and the King George V Handicap.
Baddam's Ascot Stakes/Queen Alexandra Stakes double was one of the highlights of the 2006 royal fixture and Mick believes the gelding is ready to step into Group 1 company following his pleasing return at Sandown.
He says: "I'm delighted with Baddam and although we're stepping up the ladder I think he's ready for it. He's come on for Sandown and if the Yeats of last year doesn't turn up we could be there to surprise a few people.
Man Of Vision has done everything right this year and I think he's got a solid each way chance in the last. There's not much of him but he's versatile and is improving from race to race. His form at home has been very pleasing.
Noticeable runs in the same race and is no second string. In fact, i'd find it hard to split them. He handled the undulations well at Goodwood last time and would have won in another stride. There's nothing wrong with that form and it shows he's also on the upgrade."
On the two-year-old front Mick runs CARLETON and SILVER GUEST in the Norfolk Stakes, in which there are five non-runners.
He continues: "Carleton earned a crack at this when he won in the soft at Bath on Saturday. Darryll Holland looked after him, mindful that I wanted to run him again quick, and he seems to have come out of it well.
Silver Guest must be the best two-year-old maiden in the country and deserves to pick up a decent prize. On the book he's entitled to be thereabouts."