Trainer Karl Burke is looking forward to getting Media Hype back on the racecourse in the £45,000 coral.co.uk Handicap (2.35pm, 14 runners) over a mile and a half at Lingfield Park on Saturday, January 4.
The lightly-raced seven-year-old annexed the Listed Wildflower Stakes impressively at Kempton Park in November, 2012, but has only had one start since when finishing seventh behind Sharestan in the Listed Doonside Cup at Ayr on September 21.
Burke reported: Media Hype has a history of training problems and 2013 was a tough year for him. It has been very stop start and, although he seems in good order, I am sure he will improve on whatever he does on Saturday.
It has been nothing serious, but just a number of small, niggly problems which make him a very hard horse to train.
The draw (11) is not ideal, but he handles the Polytrack and his performance when he won at Kempton just over a year ago was very good. It would be nice if we can get him back to that sort of form and we are building him up for a crack at one of those Good Friday races.
Media Hype, with Sean Levey riding for the first time, is set to face 13 rivals, headed by South American Grade One runner-up Energia Eros, making his debut for Marco Botti, revitalised performer Uramazin and the consistent Castilo Del Diablo.
Other notables include classy dual purpose runner Kashmir Peak and progressive course and distance scorer Modernstone.
Burke will also be represented by Rivellino (Martin Harley)in the £19,000 Compare Bookmakers at bookmaker.co.uk (3.10pm, 11 runners) over six furlongs. The four-year-old comes into the race in great form, following an impressive three and a quarter length success at Wolverhampton on December 14.
Burke added: Rivellino is in great order and has come on again from his win at Wolverhampton. I am happy with the draw in eight and I expect him to run very well.
We have always thought a lot of him, but he is quite a slow maturing horse and I think 2014 could be a big year for him if he stays sound.
The field of 11 also includes Perfect Pasture, who is chasing a six-timer, course winner Naabegha and improving four-year-old Noble Deed.
Lingfield Parks eight-race programme on Saturday gets underway at 11.50am and concludes at 3.45pm.
Horses qualify for the six championship contests on £1-million All-Weather Championships Finals Day (Good Friday, April 18, 2014) by running in a minimum of three races at Britains All-Weather tracks - three owned by ARC, Lingfield Park, Southwell and Wolverhampton, and The Jockey Clubs Kempton Park - between October 26 and April 12 or else by succeeding in one of the 16 Fast Track Qualifiers.