Connections of leading Investec Derby contender Midterm are tentatively favouring a trip to Sandown next Friday for his seasonal bow. Plans were in place for the three-year-old, who is as short as 10-1 for the Epsom Classic, to make his 2016 return in a mile-and-a-quarter conditions contest at Newbury on Friday, but the meeting was abandoned due to a waterlogged track.The Sir Michael Stoute-trained son of Galileo could now head to Sandown or Epsom on Wednesday for a tilt at the Investec Derby Trial. Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to owner Khalid Abdullah, said: At the moment, he has got two options next week which are at Epsom on Wednesday or the Sandown Classic Trial on Friday.Sir Michael wants to look at both courses and a decision will be partly based on ground conditions. He may well lean towards Friday, but I dont want to mislead anyone that he will definitely run there.He was declared to run at Newbury and Sir Michael was keen to run him, but I think we would have still looked at the ground today and if we had not liked it, he wouldnt have run as there is always a tipping point.We know he goes with ease in the ground, but there is always a tipping point and we dont want to run him on bottomless ground on his first start.Although plenty of hype has surrounded Midterm, who is out of multiple Group One-winning mare Midday, since his maiden success, Grimthorpe has stressed he still has a long way to go until he can be compared to his illustrious parents.He added: Sir Michael has been pleased with him. 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