Hurricane Run, Shirocco and Japanese superstar Deep Impact all feature among 12 horses to have stood their ground at the latest entry stage for Sunday’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.
The top-notch trio have resided near the head of the ante-post lists for some time and look set to lock horns in what promises to be a vintage renewal.
Sir Percy is, as expected, an absentee but Aidan O’Brien has left both Irish Champion Stakes hero Dylan Thomas and dual Classic winner Alexandrova in the Longchamp showpiece at this stage, although both are far from certain to take up the challenge.
The Ballydoyle pair could spearhead a strong challenge from the Classic generation as impressive Prix Niel winner Rail Link could also take his chance along with Dragon Dancer and Best Name, second in the English and French Derbies respectively.
Alain de Royer-Dupre’s consistent inmate Pride, last seen running an eyecatching race behind Shirocco and Hurricane Run in the Prix Foy, has also stood her ground in the mouth-watering contest, along with Championship Point, Germance and Irish Wells.
The Jeremy Noseda-trained Sixties Icon, a smooth winner of the St Leger on his most recent outing, is likely to be supplemented to the field later in the week, while connections of Mandesha are also considering adding their filly to the line up.