Ten horses are entered for this Group 1 race which will see some of the world’s classiest middle-distance runners compete for a winners’ purse of £567,100.
Sea Moon looks set to go off favourite and is currently 3/1 (bet365 £200 free bets) to claim a third consecutive win after the Sir Michael Stoute horse claimed wins at Goodwood and Ascot recently.
Six months previously to those races, the three-year-old had found St Nicholas Abbey too good in the Breeders’ Cup Turf and it could be the same two horses battling it out in the final furlong of this one mile four furlong contest.
Aidan O’Brien and son Joseph O’Brien have enjoyed an amazing flat season thanks to the heroics of Camelot and So You Think, although this is a race they would dearly love to win and St Nicholas Abbey looks well priced at 7/2 (Ladbrokes free bets).
Since winning at Churchill Downs, Cirrus Des Aigles was too good at Meydan in March, while the five-year-old was also edged out by Red Cadeux at Epsom and needs to find improvement in order to claim the spoils.
Nathaniel is the third horse vying for favouritism and there was no stopping the John Gosden-trained charge when claiming victory in the Coral Eclipse Stakes recently, with Farrh being narrowly edged out to land victory.
Perhaps a repeat of that performance will be enough at Ascot and the trainer even suggested the horse could improve on his showing at Sandown, with William Hill going 7/2 about the four-year-old.
Not that this is a three-horse race and Dunaden is a horse that merits respect considering the six-year-old has finished in the frame in his past six starts, with the French raider finishing second to Sea Moon at Ascot a month ago.
Danedream is flying the flag for Germany and the four-year-old clearly didn’t run to his best at Saint-Cloud when finishing last of four, especially as the previous run had been a hard-fought win against some classy horses at Baden-baden.
Deep Brillante and Reliable Man are available at 20/1 and will command some each-way money while Michael Owen’s Brown Panther is entered to take his chances after a good win at Pontefract.