The market for the first of this seasons classics is unsurprisingly headed by one of the three A P O’Brien representatives, Wembley, with the trainer boasting four wins from the last six renewals of this race.
Wembley has seen a steady flow of backing in the ante-post markets ahead of the contest, cutting from the 6/1 available at the start of the week.
He went close twice last season with second placed finishes at Group One level in the National and Dewhurst stakes but is taken to get his head in front this time around after progressing during his six months off the track.
O’Brien is quoted to of been very happy with his physical progression over the winter, with plenty of speed in his work, suitable to be taken straight into the race without the need for a preparation run.
He’s also the only runner sired by Galileo in the race, the leading sire in the UK & Ireland for the past 11 years, and record holder for being the most successful source of Group One winners in thoroughbred history.
Ryan Moore is employed for the ride, twice winner of this race in 2015 & 2017, both wins coming on board A P O’Brien trained runners.