Mick Easterby and fellow owners Lee Westwood and Chubby Chandler have until the six-day stage to pay the pounds 20,000 to supplement Hoof It for the Nunthorpe, which they were given serious cause to consider by a terrific weight-carrying performance in the Stewards' Cup at Goodwood.
Hoof It beat 26 rivals by upwards of two and a half lengths under 10st, running off a mark of 111, becoming the first to carry such a burden to win the 6f handicap.
David Easterby said: "There is no decision on whether to supplement Hoof It for the Nunthorpe and I would not think there would be until the last day we have to do it.
Easterby owns half of Hoof It in partnership with Chubby Chandler and Lee Westwood, and it may be that the trainer is responsible for the fact that this blinding sprinter is not entered in the Nunthorpe.
When informed that for a mere pounds 20,000 Hoof It can be supplemented, a look of acute physical pain passed over the great man's face.
Easterby's son David said: "At the moment the number-one choice for Hoof It is the Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock, but we will have a look at the ground beforehand as he doesn't want extremes of going and we don't want to waste a pounds 14,000 supplementary entry fee.
The sponsors - who make Mac's Power 12-1 favourite - quote Hoof It at 14-1, the same price as the Ed Dunlop-trained Stewards' Cup fifth Kanaf, who could miss out on a trip to Scotland in favour of Doncaster the previous weekend.
Thirty-five years after he won the Nunthorpe Stakes with Lochnager, Easterby goes for a repeat win in the Coolmoresponsored race with Hoof It, who has been supplemented to the contest for pounds 20,000 after storming to victory at Goodwood.
Neither will be at York as they are both on holiday but Hoof It is bringing a substantial following with him to York from Sheriff Hutton.
Until this year Hoof It had recorded all but one of his wins at 5f but he has raced exclusively at 6f this term, winning three of his four starts.
It was the first time that Hoof It had made it look easy and there is a devilish amount of pace for Fallon to aim for today, something else that makes me sure the shorter trip will not matter.
In stall ten, Hoof It has what looks like a plum berth.
Wizz Kid had Prohibit, Inxile and Hamish McGonagall behind him when last seen in the Prix Du Gros-Chene and has a sound chance, but I can't imagine any of this field doing what Hoof It did under 10st at Goodwood, even Kingsgate Native at his best.
Let's hope Hoof It can do the business and then we can listen to another of those wonderful post-race Mick Easterby interviews.
That Hoof It
, owned by golfer Lee Westwood and his agent Chubby Chandler, could be supplemented for the Nunthorpe is welcome news for Bond, who runs a successful tyre company.