1. CLIFFS OF MOHER (Aidan O'Brien/Ryan Moore)
Very smart performer who won the Dee Stakes at Chester before finishing runner-up to Wings of Eagles in 2017 Derby at Epsom, beaten a length and a half. Failed to build on that in form terms after, though did hit the frame in both the Eclipse Stakes at Sandown and Juddmonte International at York. Fitter for reappearance when winning Group 2 Mooresbridge Stakes at Naas last month, but unable to reel in well-ridden stablemate Lancaster Bomber when beaten two lengths in Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh last time. Likely to run his race now back in the groove.
2. CRACKSMAN (John Gosden/Frankie Dettori)
Top-class performer who was runner-up in both English and Irish Derby, before winning final three starts in 2017, namely Great Voltigeur Stakes at York, Prix Niel at Chantilly and Champion Stakes here (most impressively, by seven lengths from Poet's Word). Picked up where he left off in Prix Ganay at Longchamp in April and stretched unbeaten record to five when scrambling home against a well-ridden rival in Coronation Cup at Epsom last time. Not himself that day, but did bang his head on the stalls anticipating the start, and very much the one to beat returned to this venue.
3. DESERT ENCOUNTER (David Simcock/Jamie Spencer)
Experienced campaigner who won 1½m listed race here and 11f Legacy Cup at Newbury in 2017, though best effort came when three and a half lengths third to Ulysses in Eclipse Stakes at Sandown. Left below-par run in Sheema Classic at Meydan on reappearance behind when four and a half lengths third to Poet's Word in Brigadier Gerard Stakes at Sandown last time and should run his race again, though needs to produce very best form to feature prominently here.
4. EMINENT (Martyn Meade/Oisin Murphy)
Very consistent level of form last season, winning Craven Stakes at Newmarket and Prix Guillaume d'Ornano at Deauville (by three lengths from Salouen) as well as finishing sixth in 2000 Guineas and length and three-quarter fourth in Derby at Epsom. Disappointing when beaten favourite in Huxley Stakes at Chester on return, but subsequently found to have a fibrillating heart. Wellbeing to prove here, but best form gives him place claims at least.
5. HAWKBILL (Charlie Appleby/William Buick)
High-class performer who has won nearly half of his 21 starts. Added to tally with wins in Aston Park Stakes at Newbury and Princess of Wales's Stakes at Newmarket in 2017, also runner-up in Group 1s in Germany and Canada final two starts. Better than ever at Meydan this year, winning both starts, including Dubai Sheema Classic (by three lengths from Poet's Word), but needs to bounce back from poor effort when trailing in last but one in Coronation Cup at Epsom last time. Won 2016 Tercentenary Stakes at this meeting, though, and no surprise to see a better effort now.
6. POET'S WORD (Sir Michael Stoute/James Doyle)
Never run at this meeting before, but not far off best when doing best of those behind Cracksman in Champion Stakes here last season. Good three lengths second to Hawkbill in Dubai Sheema Classic at Meydan on return in March and made most of good opportunity when winning Brigadier Gerard Stakes at Sandown last month. Looks a solid contender.
7. ROYAL JULIUS (Jerome Reynier/Gerald Mosse)
Smart performer from France who showed himself to be better than ever when recording first pattern win at age of five in Premio Presidente della Repubblica at Rome last time by four lengths from Time To Choose. Faces much sterner test here, though, and also has a little to prove over this trip (best form over 1m).