Only 13 horses remain in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot on Champions Day, October 20.
Excelebration has been installed as odds-on favourite by Coral and Aidan O’Brien’s four-year-old will relish not having to tackle Frankel, who is due to run in the Champion Stakes on the same card.
Sir Michael Stoute’s Carlton House would be a popular winner for the Queen, while the Roger Charlton-trained Cityscape still has the option. Most Improved is on a redemption mission after two disappointments since his win at the Royal meeting, with the sole filly engaged being John Gosden’s Elusive Kate.
There are 32 possibles in the Qipco Champions Sprint, with Betfred Sprint Cup winner Society Rock still in for last year’s winning stable of James Fanshawe.
Hawkeyethenoo, Maarek, Mayson, Starspangledbanner and The Cheka also stand their ground.
Colour Vision, Fame And Glory and Saddler’s Rock are the headline acts in the Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup.
High Jinx, Ile De Re, Rite Of Passage and Brown Panther also catch the eye.