Dermot Weld’s Falcon Eight lead the field for Friday’s sack + Chester Cup Handicap, with outpost favorite Almighwar absent.
John and Thady Gosden’s charge led the market for the two-and-a-quarter mile centerpiece after finishing second on each of his two races this year, but he was not among a maximum field of 17 for handicap.
Falcon Eight, who will be paired with Frankie Dettori, will wear 9st 10lb with dual-use artists Who Dares Wins and The Grand Visir also to the top of handicap with Themaxwecan, one of Mark Johnston’s five runners.
The Kingsley House team also includes Lucky Deal, Hochfeld, Trumpet Man and Rochester House.
Who Dares Wins is one of two for Alan King with Coeur De Lion, while The Grand Visir will be joined by fellow inmates Ian Williams, Cardano and Reshoun.
Hughie Morrison’s elegant hurdle, Not So Sleepy, takes its chance, with Rare Groove, Nate The Great, Future Investment, Glencadam Glory and Blakeney Point the other contenders.
A field of 14 will post in the + Chester Plate Handicap consolation tote, with Mancini and Elysian Flame topping the list.
Five runners have been declared for the Melodi Media Huxley Stakes, including the armory formed by Aidan O’Brien.
The four-year-old was last seen finishing an honorable second place behind former caliber mate Sir Dragonet in the Cox Plate in Moonee Valley in October.
The first and second Easter classics, Bangkok and Palavecino, feature Andrew Balding and Brian Meehan respectively, with Sangarius and Bharani Star completing the lineup.