2000 Guineas winner Dawn Approach is favourite in the racing odds to finish the season on a high by winning the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes on British Champions Day at Ascot on Saturday.
The three-year old colt has had a mixed season after scoring in the opening Classic of the year before failing to settle in the Derby where he was stepped up to 12f for the first time his career.
A win did follow at Royal Ascot as he bounced back well to out-battled Toronado over a mile in the St James’s Palace Stakes.
Prix Du Moulin winner Maxios heads the French challenge this year. The last time he was at Ascot he finished sixth in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes back in June in the race which was won by Al Kazeem at the royal meeting.
The five-year old son of Monsun has only once been outside of France but has some good form on soft ground which the going is likely to be tomorrow.
There will be Toronado in the race this weekend but Richard Hannon is represented by Olympic Glory. He finished second behind Maxios at Longchamp last month and also was runner-up in the Prix du Haras de Fresnay-le-Buffard – Jacques le Marios where Moonlight Cloud denied him big race success.
Ridden on that occasion by Frankie Dettori, the colt was 18/1 and came home with a late surging run finishing ahead of French Derby winner Intello, Declaration of War and Dawn Approach.
It is unclear from the racing betting at this stage whether Soft Falling Rain will take his chance for the legendary South African trainer Mike de Kock. A decision is likely to be made on the day with regards to his participation.