Roaring Lion and Saxon Warrior are on course to meet for the sixth time in Saturday’s Qipco Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown.
Having finished behind Saxon Warrior in the Racing Post Trophy last season and the 2000 Guineas in May, John Gosden’s Roaring Lion has enjoyed the better of their subsequent meetings.
He finished in front of Aidan O’Brien’s Deep Impact colt in the Derby, got the better of him in a terrific tussle for the Eclipse and then had him a fair way behind when winning the Juddmonte International at York.
O’Brien could also run Deauville, Rhododendron, Seahenge, Athena and Magical.
Jim Bolger has Verbal Dexterity in contention and will be looking to him to improve on a pleasing comeback at the Curragh having won the National Stakes on this weekend 12 months ago.
Adding an international flavour is the French Derby winner, Study Of Man, who finished third behind Knight To Behold in France last time out.
The only other possible is William Haggas’ Addeybb, who began the season with wins in the Lincoln at Doncaster and a Group Two at Sandown before finding the ground too fast in the Lockinge.