Talented five-year-old Rebelson produced a solid trial at Lark Hill on Monday, finishing second behind You Will Be Queen.
Trainer Darren McAuliffe said he was pleased with efforts of his horse.
“I was quite pleased with it, he took a lot of ground off the leader You Will Be Queen, and we expected her to go out roll along at quite a clip and pretty much run every horse off its legs,” he said.
“He’s on track for a return on Kalgoorlie Cup Day at Belmont in a 72 plus, 1300 metre race.”
Rebelson finished three lengths behind You Will Be Queen, whose race fitness clearly showed over here four rivals.
Rebelson was asked for an effort from jockey Ben Kennedy, and received a few cracks with the whip, and hit the line well.
McAuliffe said Rebelson had to overcome a number of significant injury concerns to return to the racetrack.
“Unfortunately last prep he had a terrible foot abscess, pretty much over his whole foot, and we got him back, then he got a virus,” he said.
“We were trying to get him back to his best, but he was no good after his virus.”
McAuliffe said he would aim the two-time Listed race winner towards the $100,000 Northam Cup (1600m) in October.
McAuliffe also had Solar Rule and Break The Shackles at Lark Hill on Monday, and said both would also run at Belmont on Kalgoorlie Cup Day.