Aidan O’Brien will count on Ontario to give him a ninth win in the tote.co.uk biggest-dividend bag + Dee Stakes in Chester.
Magician (2013), Cliffs Of Moher (2017) and most recently Circus Maximus (2019) are among the former residents of Ballydoyle to win the recognized Derby contest on Thursday on the Roodee.
While Ontario have so far found some tough wins to come – hitting just once in eight starts – they bring solid form to the table, having been placed four times in stakes.
The colt Galileo was last seen third in the Free Handicap at Newmarket three weeks ago – a place behind Charlie Appleby’s Naval Crown, who ran a great race when he was fourth in the 2,000 Guineas at the weekend. last end.
Appleby also has a top contender for this Listed competition at Yibir, which is fitted with cheek pieces for the first time after its third close-up in the Sandown Classic Trial.
Sir Michael Stoute, who coached Kris Kin to win the Dee Stakes and Derby in 2003, is represented by Maximal – who is expected to improve after his second return to Newbury last month.
Earlswood (Johnny Murtagh), El Drama (Roger Varian), Foxes Tales (Andrew Balding) and Luther Cee (Henry Spiller) round out the field.
O’Brien-trained Japan is one of eight riders declared for the Group 3+ Pays You Plus tote on tote.co.uk Ormonde Stakes.
The five-year-old has his eyes cast on his seasonal debut after eight consecutive outings at Group One.
Japan have won gold twice at the top level in 2019, at the Paris Grand Prix and Juddmonte International – and while they failed to take the lead last season, they were placed in the ‘Eclipse at Sandown and the King George at Ascot.
His rivals in Chester include Alan King’s Trueshan, who is making his first competitive appearance since arriving in the Long Distance Cup on Qipco British Champions Day at Ascot in October.
Morando de Balding defends his crown, having clinched the final race of the Ormonde Stakes in 2019, while Roger Charlton saddles his veteran Stayer Withhold.
Euchen Glen (Jim Goldie), Kipps (Hughie Morrison), Sextant (Keith Dalgleish) and Sonnyboyliston (Murtagh) are the other prospects.