Dubai Sheema Classic winner Jack Hobbs is among 17 horses left in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot on Wednesday following the confirmation stage.
The five-year-old has had little racing since his Classic campaign when he lifted the Irish Derby, but showed he is as good as ever when striking at Meydan.
His trainer John Gosden also has Wings Of Desire in the 10-furlong showpiece while Godolphin, who are major shareholders in Jack Hobbs, can call on Hawkbill and Scottish from Charlie Appleby’s stable, the Jim Bolger-trained Moonlight Magic and Saeed bin Suroor’s Prize Money.
Coronation Cup winner Highland Reel is one of three possibles from the Aidan O’Brien battalions along with Deauville and Johannes Vermeer.
Dermot Weld is responsible for The Grey Gatsby, who was second in 2015 when trained by Kevin Ryan.
Last year’s winner My Dream Boat, trained by Clive Cox, could bid to become the first dual winner since Muhtarram in 1994-95.
Sir Michael Stoute is double-handed with Ulysses and Queen’s Trust, while Roger Charlton has Decorated Knight, who took the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh last month.
Jean-Claude Rouget’s Mekhtaal is the sole French entry following the defection of Cloth Of Stars.
The list is completed by the William Haggas-trained Mutakayyef and Roger Varian’s Nezwaah.