Approach heads QEII field
Dawn Approach heads 12 declarations for Saturday's Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot on QIPCO Champions Day.
Dawn Approach has not been since since a disappointing trip to France for the Jacques le Marois when it later transpired he was a sick horse.
Jim Bolger has advertised his skills with his handling of the chestnut this season as after winning the 2000 Guineas he blew his chance in the Derby by pulling too hard.
Yet, just 17 days later, Bolger brought him back to Royal Ascot where he won a thrilling renewal of the St James's Palace Stakes before going down narrowly in the Sussex Stakes to Toronado, who misses this event due to soft ground.
Maxios is one of the opponents for the one-mile showpiece, which also includes Olympic Glory and Soft Falling Rain.
Instead, Toronado's trainer Richard Hannon relies on Olympic Glory, second to Maxios last time out in the Moulin.
Soft Falling Rain has been declared for South Africa's champion trainer Mike De Kock.
Also in there is Brian Ellison's mudlark Top Notch Tonto, supplemented on Monday to the tune of £70,000.
Tom Hogan's Gordon Lord Byron steps back up to a mile having chased home Moonlight Cloud in France, while Aidan O'Brien runs Kingsbarns, last year's Racing Post Trophy winner who has been restricted to just one outing this term.
Elusive Kate is another Group One winner in the field while Caspar Netscher, Gregorian, Leitir Mor and Burwaaz complete the field.