MAX Vega is the only group race winner among 17 promising types entered for the 10-furlong Group 3 classic trial at Kempton next Wednesday.
The Ralph Beckett-trained colt was an impressive winner of the Zetland Stakes at Newmarket last season and is seen by connections as a live contender for the Derby, to be run at Epsom on July 4th this year.
Entries for next Wednesday's trial include Born With Pride, a filly by Born To Sea and trained by William Haggas to win a listed race on her sole racecourse outing last season.
John Gosden’s once-raced colt Hypothetical is another who will command plenty of attention, having impressed on his sole start at Chelmsford in December. Gosden has also entered Godolphin-owned Newbury winner Encipher. Max Vega has been given an entry by Ralph Beckett, while Pyledriver is held in high regard by William Muir.
Along with Born With Pride and Hypothetical, other unbeaten runners in contention for the Group 3 event are Bright Melody (Charlie Appleby), Cepheus (Brian Meehan) and Yes My Boy (Archie Watson).
A quality card also sees the EBF Snowdrop Fillies’ Stakes, which has three Gosden possibles in the 27 – Nazeef, Scentasia and Shimmering.