Only six runners are declared in the Group 1 Coronation Cup at Epsom, with the 1m4f contest pencilled in alongside the Oaks on Friday’s card.
Last season’s winner PYLEDRIVER holds favouritism for the contest, after producing a respectable campaign for his connections last year.
The five-year-old ran a cracker to finish second in the Hong Kong Vase at Sha Tin back in December and he also featured at Meydan in March, finishing fourth in the Dubai Sheema Classic.
The son of Harbour Watch has proven to be a tough sort over the middle distances and he could be a tough nut to crack if he’s at his best here.
MANOBO also embarked on a winter tour for his connections, with the gelding producing two game performances in the Middle East.
Charlie Appleby’s recruit made light work of his rivals in the Nad Al Sheba Trophy, landing success by five and a half lengths before finishing second in the Dubai Gold Cup.
The four-year-old is unbeaten over the 1m4f trip and he could well be one to note in this contest.
HIGH DEFINITION could not live up to the early season hype last year as a three-year-old, but it would be silly to discredit Aidan O’Brien’s recruit here.
The Galileo colt put up a bold effort under new tactics in the Irish Gold Cup, taking the lead early on before just being collared by Alenquer on the line.
His game performance at the Curragh suggests there is potentially more to come from the four-year-old and he may well be an interesting contender at his current price.
Owen Burrows’ HUKUM proved to be a consistent sort in Group 3 company last season, with his connections opting for another crack at Group 1 success here.
The son of Sea The Stars landed three Group successes last term, as well as landing a Group 2 victory at Meydan in March.
The five-year-old will need to be at his best if he is to land success, but he should be pushing for some place money here.
LIVING LEGEND is stepped up in class after landing the Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket for Charlie & Mark Johnston, while Brian Meehan’s PALAVECINO is given a tough assignment following an outing in handicap company.
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