Aidan O’Brien’s 2000 Guineas winner Camelot features among a rich collection of 50 entries in the Red Mills Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown on September 8.
Essentially Ireland’s most prestigious Flat race, it contains most of this season’s best-known horses, even if Frankel was not listed among them.
Entered are the likes of Bonfire, Parish Hall, Cirrus Des Aigles, St Nicholas Abbey, Twice Over, Reliable Man, Monterosso, Cityscape, last year’s winner So You Think and runner-up Snow Fairy and The Queen’s Carlton House.
The race is also part of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series, where the winner gets an automatic entry and travel allowance for the Breeders’ Cup.
Leopardstown have also announced a new race on the day with the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Trial, a two-year-old mile Listed event, replacing the Golden Fleece.
Pat Keogh, chief executive of Leopardstown, said: “We are delighted with the entries for the Red Mills Irish Champion Stakes.
“While it is a long way between now and September, it is lovely to see horses of this quality entered. This is probably the strongest field in the history of the race. It speaks volumes for the international status of the Red Mills Irish Champion Stakes.
“The new Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Trial should also be a great addition to the day.”