Magical and Addeybb could renew their rivalry after both featured among a top-class 12 entries for Wednesday’s Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Just three-quarters of a length separated the pair in the 10-furlong Champion Stakes at the end of last year, with Magical initially retired after a setback prevented a Breeders’ Cup run.
However, the five-year-old was returned to training with Aidan O’Brien this year and is one of four possible Ballydoyle contenders along with last year’s Juddmonte International hero Japan, Australian Group One winner Magic Wand and Fleeting.
After his Champion Stakes defeat, Addeybb travelled to Australia where he enjoyed a successful spring for William Haggas, winning two Group Ones in the Ranvet Stakes and the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes.
Barney Roy could represent Charlie Appleby having won twice in Dubai earlier in the year, including the Group One Jebel Hatta, while the John Gosden-trained Terebellum, who was a winner at Newmarket last week, is another for owner Godolphin.
Gosden also has Brigadier Gerard winner Lord North in the mix along with Mehdaayih, who finished fifth in the Champion Stakes.
Fox Tal was fourth that day and he is one of two for 2000 Guineas-winning handler Andrew Balding with Bangkok also on the Kingsclere team.
The Roger Charlton-trained Headman could have his first run since finishing fifth in the Irish Champion Stakes last September.