Mabs Cross and Battaash are among only eight remaining entries for next Saturday's Group 2 Temple Stakes at Haydock.
The Michael Dods-trained Mabs Cross, who is owned by the race sponsor David Armstrong, finished only fourth in the Group 2 12 months ago – but then her career really took off. She went close at Royal Ascot and the Curragh before being beaten a nose by Alpha Delphini in the Nunthorpe, but finally gained a Group 1 win in the Prix de l’Abbaye.
On her return to action this season, she defied a big penalty in the Palace House Stakes, and on Saturday is set to be giving 2lb away.
Winner of the 2017 Prix de l'Abbaye, Battaash won the Temple last year but finished only fourth in the Nunthorpe and the Abbaye, and has something to prove this season.
Another leading player is Tom Dascombe’s Kachy, who proved he has no peers on the all-weather when winning on finals day.
Aidan O’Brien could run the three-year-old Sergei Prokofiev, while Robert Cowell has also left in Pocket Dynamo from the same age group.
Bryan Smart's Alpha Delphini, Mick Appleby’s veteran Caspian Prince and Paul Midgley’s Tarboosh are also entered.