John and Thady Gosden’s Mishriff are the leaders of the seven competitors for the Coral-Eclipse Championship in Sandown on Saturday.
The four-year-old is already the first group champion in France and Dubai, and his goal is to achieve the highest level of victory at home for the first time.
He also won the Saudi Cup in the sand and defeated some professional American challengers to prove his versatility.
Aidan O’Brien may send the main opposition, three of the seven are from Ballydoyle.
He can choose France’s 2000 Guinea and Derby champion St. Mark’s Cathedral. They will challenge the old horse for the first time. The Armory is ranked third among Royal Ascot and Japanese horses, the latter being second only to Ghaiyyath in last year’s race.
William Hagas hopes it will rain this week so that he can run softly and love Adeb.
Although the steer may be seven years old now, he showed that he was as good as ever when he won the first group championship in Australia again in April.
David Menuisier enjoyed one of the best times of his career, Wonderful Tonight won the Hardwick Championship at the Royal Jockey Club. She is still mixing, but will drop during the journey and needs to be relaxed on the ground.
Roger Varian’s El Drama completes these possibilities. The Dee Stakes champion ranked only 15th in the Jockey Club Grand Prix, behind St. Mark’s Basilica.