David Simcock’s Canadian International winner Desert Encounter heads the field in the Gallagher Group August Stakes at Windsor on Saturday.
Having struggled in the highest class since his finest moment, he finished second in the Group Three Glorious Stakes last time out and the eight-year-old drops back to Listed company.
Richard Hannon’s Floating Artist is among the opposition and the son of Nathaniel has been gelded since he last ran.
Hannon said: “He has had a nice break and we have gelded him since his last start.
“He is a horse that has plenty of ability and he is better off in that Listed race rather than carrying top weight in a handicap.
“He might need it, but he does keep himself pretty fit and doesn’t carry loads of weight. Hopefully he will run well as he seems to have done well since being gelded.”
Sir Michael Stoute’s Sextant, Hughie Morrison’s Le Don De Vie, Andrew Balding’s Alounak and Mark Johnston’s Communique complete the field.
The Gallagher Group Winter Hill Stakes sees Fox Chairman take on Extra Elusive.
The latter had proved tricky to win with before Hollie Doyle took over in the saddle at Haydock where they made all to beat Certain Lad – a subsequent winner – in the Rose Of Lancaster.
He does, though, carry a 3lb penalty for that success which makes life tougher.
Fox Chairman was a fine second to Aspetar in the York Stakes last time out.
Charlie Fellowes has always thought King Ottokar was up to this level while Sky Defender and Tinandali bring strong handicap form to the table.
William Haggas’ John Smith’s Cup winner Sinjaari does not run due to the ground, which is soft, heavy in places. The track had to pass a precautionary inspection at 6.30am on Saturday to go ahead.