Hot favourite Al Aasy and dual classic-winning filly Love are among 11 confirmations for the Coral Coronation Cup at Epsom on Friday.
The William Haggas-trained Al Aasy is the 5/6 favourite with one firm to successfully step up to Group 1 level, having looked every inch a top-class colt in winning successive Group 3 prizes at Newbury this spring.
Love, who was a brilliant winner of both the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket and the Oaks at Epsom last season, has not been seen in competitive action since winning the Yorkshire Oaks in August.
Aidan O’Brien recently raised the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot as her likely comeback target, but she retains the option of returning to Epsom next week.
The Ballydoyle handler, who has saddled a record eight previous winners of the Coronation Cup, has also confirmed Broome, Japan, Mogul and last year’s Derby hero Serpentine.
Should Love not make the trip across the Irish Sea, Japan would look to be O’Brien’s chief contender after making a winning start to his campaign in Chester’s Ormonde Stakes.
Pyledriver is set to represent William Muir and his training partner Chris Grassick.
The Harbour Watch colt won the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Great Voltigeur at York last summer and made a promising reappearance when runner-up in the Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket in early May.
Highland Chief (Paul and Oliver Cole), potential French raider In Swoop (Francis-Henri Graffard) and Kirsten Rausing-owned fillies Albaflora (supplemented by Ralph Beckett) and Alpinista (Sir Mark Prescott) are the other hopefuls.
3:10pm Coral Coronation Cup (Group 1) (British Champions Series) 1m 4f 6y
Al Aasy (IRE) 4 9 0 William Haggas Shadwell Estate Company Ltd Jim Crowley
Albaflora 4 8 11 Ralph Beckett Miss K. Rausing
Alpinista 4 8 11 Sir Mark Prescott Bt Miss K. Rausing
Broome (IRE) 5 9 0 Aidan O'Brien Ireland M Matsushima/D Smith/Mrs Magnier/M Tabor
Highland Chief (IRE) 4 9 0 Paul & Oliver Cole Mrs Fitri Hay
In Swoop (IRE) 4 9 0 Francis-Henri Graffard France Gestut Schlenderhan
Japan 5 9 0 Aidan O'Brien Ireland M Matsushima/D Smith/Mrs Magnier/M Tabor
Love (IRE) 4 8 11 Aidan O'Brien Ireland Mr M. Tabor, D. Smith & Mrs John Magnier
Mogul 4 9 0 Aidan O'Brien Ireland Mr M. Tabor, D. Smith & Mrs John Magnier
Pyledriver 4 9 0 William Muir & Chris Grassick La Pyle Partnership
Serpentine (IRE) 4 9 0 Aidan O'Brien Ireland Mrs John Magnier,Mr M.Tabor & Mr D.Smith
Latest odds: 5/6 Al Aasy, 3 Japan, Love, 7 In Swoop, 8 Broome, Mogul, Pyledriver, 12 Albaflora, Alpinista, 16 Serpentine, 25 Highland Chief