Impressive Commonwealth Cup winner Golden Horde heads a 13-strong field for the Group 1 Darley July Cup on Saturday, when he will bid to give trainer Clive Cox a third winner of the race after Lethal Force and Harry Angel.
Golden Horde, photo Edward Whitaker
The three-year-old, who will be partnered by Adam Kirby, struck in the Richmond Stakes as a juvenile and graduated to the top level with his Group 1 success over American raider Kimari at Royal Ascot.
Hello Youmzain, who landed the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at the royal meeting, bids for a third Group 1 success for Kevin Ryan and rising star Kevin Stott. Sceptical, third in the Diamond Jubilee, reopposes with Frankie Dettori on board again.
July Cup card
Charlie Hills is doubly represented by King's Stand Stakes runner-up Equilateral, now running in the colours of Fitri Hay, and the progressive Khaadem, who was fourth in the Diamond Jubilee.
Last year's Windsor Castle Stakes winner Southern Hills represents Aidan O'Brien, the joint leading trainer in the July Cup with five wins. He has won the last two runnings with US Navy Flag and Ten Sovereigns.
July Cup runners and riders
Brando Tom Eaves
Equilateral James Doyle
Hello Youmzain Kevin Stott
Khaadem Jim Crowley
Namos William Buick
Oxted Cieren Fallon
Sceptical Frankie Dettori
Shine So Bright Silvestre de Sousa
Sir Dancealot Gerald Mosse
Golden Horde Adam Kirby
Lord Of The Lodge Ben Curtis
Southern Hills Ryan Moore
Threat Oisin Murphy