Ryan Moore will get the leg up on Rip Van Winkle when the colt bids for back-to-back successes in the Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood on Wednesday.
The Galileo colt was a brilliant winner of the Group One prize 12 months ago but needs to bounce back to form after disappointing on his first start of the campaign in the Queen Anne at Royal Ascot.
With stable jockey Johnny Murtagh still on the sidelines due to suspension, trainer Aidan O’Brien has moved quickly to snap up the services of the reigning champion jockey.
The Ballydoyle handler also saddles Beethoven and Encompassing.
Rip Van Winkle will certainly face a stiff test with Richard Hannon’s Canford Cliffs bidding for his third successive win at the highest level following glorious displays in the Irish 2000 Guineas and the St James’s Palace Stakes.
Chris Wall’s stable star Premio Loco steps up to Group One company for the first time following his recent win at Ascot, while Mac Love makes his first appearance since winning at Goodwood last September.
Beacon Lodge and Dream Eater complete the eight-runner line-up.