T - Aidan O'Brien
J - Ryan Moore
Favourite; last year's St Leger winner begins his Ascot Gold Cup ambitions here around the tight turns of Chester.
Progressed stoutly as a three-year-old last term - winning the Queen's Vase at Royal Ascot, third in the Great Voltigeur over shorter behind Melbourne Cup winner Cross Counter, before winning the final Classic of the season at Doncaster in great style.
Was not seen to great effect in the Arc but was always staying on past the post. Big campaign ahead, and should be hard to beat at this marathon trip.