Derby favourite in action
Free Eagle puts his reputation on the line in the Breeders' Cup Trial Stakes at Leopardstown on Saturday.
The Dermot Weld-trained son of High Chaparral shot to the head of ante-post lists for next year's Epsom Derby with a breathtaking debut over the course and distance last month and now tests the water in Pattern company for the first time.
The most experienced horse of the quintet is the Ger Lyons-trained Exogenesis, who can count a Group Three verdict among his three victories so far.
Lyons said: "It looks a very hot race. All the big names are there and it could be the best (two-year-old race) we've seen in Ireland this year.
"Our horse has won his Group Three and has his penalty, which isn't ideal, but the attraction of the race for me was the Breeders' Cup qualification.
"There is a lot of interest in the horse and that would open more doors for him.
"He's in great order, he's won at Leopardstown twice and the mile shouldn't be a problem for him.
"If the race was today I'd be very happy, but I'd be worried about the rain that's forecast.
"He is in the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster next Saturday and if the ground is too soft at Leopardstown we'll wait for that."
Aidan O'Brien is double-handed with Australia, a son of Galileo out of Ouija Board, and runaway Killarney winner Kingfisher.
The field is completed by Jim Bolger's Wexford Town.