Aidan O’Brien will depend on Ontario to offer him with a ninth victory within the tote+ Largest Dividends At tote.co.uk Dee Stakes at Chester.
Magician (2013), Cliffs Of Moher (2017) and most just lately Circus Maximus (2019) are among the many earlier Ballydoyle residents to win Thursday’s recognised Derby trial on the Roodee.
Whereas Ontario has thus far discovered victories laborious to come back by – putting simply as soon as from eight begins – he brings some stable type to the desk, having been positioned 4 occasions at Stakes degree.
The Galileo colt was final seen ending third within the Free Handicap at Newmarket three weeks in the past – one place behind Charlie Appleby’s Naval Crown, who ran a effective race when fourth within the 2000 Guineas final weekend.
Appleby additionally has a number one contender for this Listed contest in Yibir, who’s fitted with cheek items for the primary time after his close-up third within the Sandown Traditional Trial.
Sir Michael Stoute, who educated Kris Kin to win the Dee Stakes and the Derby in 2003, is represented by Maximal – anticipated to enhance from his comeback second at Newbury final month.
Earlswood (Johnny Murtagh), El Drama (Roger Varian), Foxes Tales (Andrew Balding) and Luther Cee (Henry Spiller) full the sector.
The O’Brien-trained Japan is one in all eight runners declared for the Group Three tote+ Pays You Extra At tote.co.uk Ormonde Stakes.
The five-year-old has his sights lowered on his seasonal debut following eight consecutive outings in Group One firm.
Japan struck gold twice on the highest degree in 2019, within the Grand Prix de Paris and the Juddmonte Worldwide – and whereas he did not get his head in entrance final season, he was positioned within the Eclipse at Sandown and the King George at Ascot.
His Chester rivals embody Alan King’s Trueshan, who makes his first aggressive look since touchdown the Lengthy Distance Cup on Qipco British Champions Day at Ascot in October.
Balding’s Morando defends his crown, having landed the final working of the Ormonde Stakes in 2019, whereas Roger Charlton saddles his veteran stayer Withhold.
Euchen Glen (Jim Goldie), Kipps (Hughie Morrison), Sextant (Keith Dalgleish) and Sonnyboyliston (Murtagh) are the opposite hopefuls.