It was widely believed Aidan O’Brien’s 2000 Guineas and dual Derby winner would head for the Ladbrokes St Leger without having another run, but the trainer has given him the option of the premier trial for the final Classic of the season.
A total of 43 entries were received for the race, with O’Brien’s options stretching into double figures, but there are a number of other interesting horses in the race.
They include David Lanigan’s Derby runner-up Main Sequence, Henry Cecil’s pair of Thomas Chippendale and Noble Mission, who were first and second in the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot, and a strong squad for John Gosden.
These are headed by Michelangelo, who burst into the Leger reckoning when winning at Newmarket last weekend, as well as the useful Thought Worthy and Shantaram.
Shirocco Star meanwhile could continue what has already been a most productive season in the Darley Irish Oaks at the Curragh on July 22.
Although Hughie Morrison’s filly has not won this season, she was placed in an Oaks trial at Newbury and was beaten just a neck by Was in the Classic at Epsom.
She ran with great credit again on her most recent start when third behind Princess Highway in the Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot.
“We are just feeling our way towards the Irish Oaks,” said Morrison.
Brian Meehan’s Cogito could miss Saturday’s Coral-Eclipse at Sandown due to the ground.
The Giant’s Causeway colt has already recorded a victory at the course when taking the Listed Heron Stakes over a mile at the end of May.
He was then stepped up in class for the St James’s Palace Stakes but was one of a number of runners to be hampered and only finished eighth, just over five lengths behind his stablemate Most Improved.
Jamie McCalmont, racing manager to Cogito’s owner, Paul Reddam, said: “I’d say at the moment it’s unlikely he’ll run with all the rain that’s around.”
The going at Sandown was reported to be good, good to firm in places on the round course yesterday.