Top-class entry for King George

Vodafone Derby hero Sir Percy is one 36 entries for the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes at Ascot on July 29.

Vodafone Derby hero Sir Percy is one 36 entries for the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes at Ascot on July 29.

Marcus Tregoning’s brilliant winner of the Epsom Classic could resume rivalries with Dragon Dancer, Dylan Thomas and Hala Bek – who finished second, third and fourth respectively in the Derby.

Godolphin have an enviable record in the 12-furlong event with five previous winners in Doyen (2004), Daylami (1999), Swain (1998 and 1997) and Lammtarra (1995).

The Maktoum family’s entity have eight possibles this year in Electrocutionist, Belenus, Cherry Mix, Guadalajara, Pictavia, Pinson, Shawanda and Winged Cupid.

Aidan O’Brien, successful with Galileo in 2001, accounts for 10 hopefuls, including Dylan Thomas, Ace, Aussie Rules and Yeats.

Sir Michael Stoute, who has sent out three King George winners in Shergar (1981), Opera House (1993) and Golan (2002), has entered Derby sixth Best Alibi, Chester Vase winner Papal Bull, Maraahel, Mountain High and Hard Top.

Andre Fabre has entered Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner Hurricane Run – with further Gallic interest provided by Laverock and Policy Maker – while this year’s possibles hail from as far afield as Japan, where Heart’s Cry is trained by Kojiro Hashiguchi.

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