Racing fans should be in for a treat when Al Kazeem turns out at the Knavesmire to bid for a fifth consecutive victory of the season, although Toronado proved his worth at Glorious Goodwood and should provide fierce opposition.
Meanwhile, there are three other Channel 4 races on the opening day of the meeting including the Great Voltigeur Stakes, with Sir Michael Stoute having the favourite for this prestigious race.
Great Voltigeur Stakes 3:05
After the Symphony Group Stakes and the Acomb Stakes whetting the appetite of racegoers, we have a Group 2 contest which will feature the classy Telescope who was surprisingly beaten into second at Haydock earlier this month.
The three-year-old was sent off as 4/9 favourite in the Rose of Lancaster Stakes although David Livingston was a touch too strong and Stoute will hope the horse can return to winning ways over one mile and four furlongs.
There are seven horses entered in the race, with Cap O’Rushes on offer at 9/2 with William Hill and there was plenty to like about Charlie Appleby’s horse as he strode to victory in the Gordon Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.
Secret Number is available at the same odds and the Godolphin charge finished fifth in the Gordon Stakes after modest performances at Ascot and York, although conditions could finally be in his favour here.
Juddmonte International 3:40
Richard Hannon cut a delighted figure after witnessing Toronado gain sweet revenge on Dawn Approach after the pair clashed at Glorious Goodwood.
The three-year-old had previously been beaten by his arch-rival at Newmarket and Ascot, although Richard Hughes timed a run to perfection to claim victory in the Sussex Stakes and the next assignment is to try and oust the impressive Al Kazeem.
Hannon believes there is more to come from Toronado, with the three-year-old going beyond a mile for the first time although the trainer is unconcerned about the extra distance considering that he was such a fast finisher at Goodwood.
Richard Hannon Jr, who assists his father in training the horse, said: “If he doesn’t stay the mile and a quarter, that’s fine, we won’t know until we try. But he’ll have two months to get over it before the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes and there’s not a lot for him in between.”
Toronado is a 2/1 chance to win the race, although Al Kazeem is an impressive horse who beat Camelot at the Curragh before proving it wasn’t a fluke when winning the Prince of Wales’ Stakes and the Roger Charlton horse scored another success when winning at Sandown.
Trading Leather is a 7/1 chance and should ensure there is a strong gallop, while Declaration of War also merits respect at odds of 10/1.