Paco Boy is likely to face a small field in the totesport.com Lockinge Stakes at Newbury on Saturday.
Richard Hannon’s classy five-year-old finished fourth in the race last year before going on to win the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Among his eight possible rivals is Pipedreamer, now owned by Dr Marwan Koukash and trained by Kevin Ryan having been sold by Cheveley Park Stud.
Lord Shanakill could have his first start for Henry Cecil. Having enjoyed a good campaign for Karl Burke last summer, including a victory in the Prix Jean Prat, he represented Richard Mandella in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint.
Jersey Stakes winner Ouqba could take his chance for Barry Hills while Zacinto is Sir Michael Stoute’s only option.
Prince Khalid Abdullah’s four-year-old was second in the QEII Stakes to Rip Van Winkle but last in the Breeders’ Cup Mile.
Eve Johnson Houghton will be looking to see The Cheka build on an encouraging comeback at Sandown behind Paco Boy while Tom Dascombe will be hoping Prince Of Dance, previously unbeaten before finishing last of nine in the same race, can show more of his old self.
Hughie Morrison’s lightly-raced Stimulation and Kargali, formerly with John Oxx but now with Luke Comer, complete the possibles.