The addition of Cougar Bay, Dragon Dancer along with French and Italian Derby heroes Darsi and Gentlewave has left a list of 16 contenders engaged at the five-day stage.
Aidan O’Brien is responsible for five entries headed by Vodafone Derby third Dylan Thomas, who finished a head behind Dragon Dancer at Epsom. He may be joined by stablemates Grafton Street, Mountain, Puerto Rico and Road To Mandalay, while Sir Michael Stoute could be represented by Best Alibi and Royal Ascot winner Papal Bull.
The other possibles are Best Name, Classic Punch, Heliostatic, Land Before Time and Monsieur Henri.
Geoff Wragg is looking forward to saddling Dragon Dancer having stumped up the €100,000 supplementary fee, but he has a lot of respect for the other contenders.
The son of Sadler’s Wells is still a maiden after five starts but has kept very high company in his last three outings, and came agonisingly close to lifting the Vodafone Derby last time.
“Dragon Dancer is in good form,’ the Newmarket-based handler said.
“He worked nicely on Saturday — and I should think he’ll travel over on Friday.
“It’s sure to be a competitive race though,’ he added.
Cashmans make Darsi the 7-2 favourite, with Dylan Thomas and Best Name next best at 4-1. King Edward VII Stakes winner Papal Bull is quoted at 5-1 with a run.
: 7/2 Darsi, 4 Dylan Thomas, 9/2 Best Name, 6 Best Alibi, Puerto Rico, 7 Dragon Dancer, Gentlewave