Unbeaten colts Too Darn Hot, Ten Sovereigns and Sangarius feature among 12 confirmations for the Darley Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday.
John Gosden’s Too Darn Hot is certainly bred for the top as a brother to Lah Ti Dar and So Mi Dar, but he has been more precocious than those two, winning three times already.
Sangarius is two out of two for Sir Michael Stoute, who is looking to win the seven-furlong contest for the first time since Ajdal way back in 1986.
The Group One showpiece has provided an endless stream of future stars, with Frankel, Dawn Approach, Churchill and US Navy Flag all striking in the last 10 years alone.
Aidan O’Brien trained Churchill and US Navy Flag and while not appearing keen on running Ten Sovereigns in the immediate aftermath of his victory in the Middle Park Stakes over six furlongs, he has been left in.
As has O’Brien’s Anthony Van Dyck, second in the National Stakes to Quorto last time out.
The Ballydoyle trainer can also call on Cape Of Good Hope, Christmas, Mohawk, Sydney Opera House, Van Beethoven and Western Australia.
Like Ten Sovereigns, Martyn Meade’s Advertise is a previous Group One winner to stand his ground, having won the Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh last time out.
“Advertise is in perfect health. He has had a bit of a break since the Phoenix Stakes and is ready to come back in the Dewhurst Stakes,” said Meade
“Whatever he has done at home since the Phoenix has been perfectly pleasing, he has had no issues at all, touch wood, and will be better and stronger than ever come Saturday.”
Meade went on: “Unfortunately, the Dewhurst seems better and stronger than ever, too – it’s a very hot race. It will certainly be no walk in the park, but that doesn’t put us off.
“His preparation has gone totally according to plan – whether he is good enough, only time will tell.”
Frankie Dettori has been on board Advertise for his last two wins, but he is required by Gosden for Too Darn Hot, leaving Oisin Murphy to take the reins.
“It’s obviously a shame Frankie can’t maintain the partnership, but he has to ride the other horse,” said Meade.
“Oisin is riding out of his skin at present, so I’ve no problem with him riding. I would have been disappointed if we had to get someone we didn’t really know.”
Richard Hannon’s Kuwait Currency completes the potential field.