Irish 2,000 Guineas winner Phoenix Of Spain heads the entries left for Tuesday’s St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.
The Charlie Hills trained grey missed the English Guineas due to a setback, but romped to an impressive win in the Irish equivalent, on his seasonal bow.
Hills reported in his column in the Weekender: “We’re now aiming him at the St James’s Palace Stakes next week and I couldn’t be happier with him.
“Obviously he was pretty fit to win at the Curragh, but it’s brought him on again, he didn’t lose much weight and he’s nice and fresh.
“All being well, we’d then look at the Sussex Stakes and see where we go, but I wouldn’t mind trying him over 1m2f later in the campaign.”
Champion juvenile Too Darn Hot, second at the Curragh, bids for revenge, but English 2,000 Guineas winner Magna Grecia will not run, as he continues to recover from a hamstring injury sustained in the Irish race.
His trainer Aidan O’Brien can choose from Circus Maximus, The Irish Rover and Van Beethoven.
Charlie Appleby could drop his Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf winner Line Of Duty down in trip.
Richard Hannon’s King Of Comedy and the William Haggas-trained Skardu could represent the QIPCO 2000 Guineas form having finished second and third.
Others still in contention include: Royal Marine, Advertise, Dark Vision, Fox Champion, Bell Rock, Bye Bye Hong Kong, Shaman and Turgenev.