The festival headliner gets underway on Thursday afternoon, as eleven runners will head to the starting post for the Dante Stakes at York.
The Group 2 contest is scheduled at 3.10 on the seven-race card, with the Middleton Fillies Stakes getting underway an hour earlier at 2.10 while the Listed Westow Stakes follow shortly after at 3.40.
Derby favourite HIGH DEFINITION (9/4) is considered to one to beat here after his impressive two-year-old campaign.
The son of Galileo caught the eye when coming from last at the two-furlong marker to land victory in a maiden at the Curragh last August.
The colt followed that up with an impressive turn of foot in the Group 2 Beresford Stakes a month later, reeling in Monaasib late on to win by three-quarters of a length.
He is joined by stablemate ROMAN EMPIRE (40/1) whose sole success came over a mile in tougher conditions back in October.
GEAR UP (9/2) spearheads the British chances of success and is the only runner in the field with a Group 1 success on his CV.
The son of Teofilo responded gamely to James Doyle’s requests in the Criterium de Saint-Cloud, keeping on strongly to win by a short neck and land an upset victory at odds of 27/1.
He clearly has a strong level of staying ability and the three-year-old could prove his Derby credentials with victory on the Knavesmire.
HURRICANE LANE (6/1) makes the step-up to Group company after claiming success on his first two starts, while ALENQUER (8/1) will be hoping to follow up his Classic Trial victory with another big performance here.
UNCLE BRYN (12/1) performed below expectation in the Blue Riband Trial at Epsom last month and will be hoping to give a better account of himself here for John & Thady Gosden.
He is joined by stablemate MEGALLAN (8/1), who justified favouritism in the Listed Burradon Stakes on the all-weather at Newcastle last month.
Jim Bolger’s FLYING VISIT (12/1), David Menuisier’s BELLOCCIO (40/1) and Richard Fahey’s PYTHAGORAS (40/1) complete the field for the Group 2 contest at York.
– Gear Up @ 9/2
– Royal Champion @ 6/1