Favorite Al Aasy and double filly Love Classic are among 11 confirmations for the Coral Coronation Cup at Epsom on Friday.
The Al Aasy, coached by William Haggas, is a warm command to successfully move up to the Group 1 level, having looked every inch like a first class colt by winning back-to-back Group Three awards at Newbury this spring.
Love, who was a brilliant winner of the 1,000 Guineas in Newmarket and the Oaks in Epsom last season, has not been seen competing since winning the Yorkshire Oaks in August.
Aidan O’Brien recently bred the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot as a likely target for her return, but she retains the option of returning to Epsom next week.
The Ballydoyle manager, who saddled a record of eight previous Coronation Cup winners, also confirmed Broome, Japan, Mogul and last year’s Derby hero Serpentine.
If Love did not make the trip across the Irish Sea, Japan would appear to be O’Brien’s main contender after securing a winning start to the campaign in the Chester Ormonde Stakes.
Pyleddriver will represent William Muir and his training partner Chris Grassick.
The Harbor Watch colt won the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Great Voltigeur in York last summer and made a promising reappearance by finishing second in the Jockey Club Stakes in Newmarket in early May.
Highland Chief (Paul and Oliver Cole), potential French raider In Swoop (Francis-Henri Graffard) and fillies owned by Kirsten Rausing Albaflora (Ralph Beckett) and Alpinista (Sir Mark Prescott) are the other prospects.