• Irish trainer aims to keep up excellent record in event
Kingsbarns has emerged as the favoured one among Aidan O'Brien's entries ahead of Saturday's Racing Post Trophy, the important trial for next year's Classics which is frequently targeted by the trainer's Ballydoyle operation.
Though last year's winner Camelot failed to complete the Triple Crown when coming up short in last month's St Leger, the British 2,000 Guineas and Epsom and Irish Derbies remains a fine haul for the colt, who a year ago became the stable's third winner of Saturday's race at Doncaster in the last 10 years.
Bookmaker opinion had at first been divided over whether to install as favourite Kingsbarns, a once-raced Navan maiden winner, or Battle Of Marengo, who won the Beresford Stakes.
However, market support now strongly suggests that it will be Kingsbarns who takes the mantle of first-choice runner from among the half-dozen horses left in the race by the Irish trainer at the five-day entry stage.
Victory in the British trainers' championship title now looks beyond O'Brien, with Nathaniel's third in last Saturday's Champion Stakes leaving John Gosden with a comfortable cushion. But it is remarkable that he has managed to throw down a challenge at all, given that the stable remains without a single two-year-old winner in Britain this year.
Yet the strength in depth of the Ballydoyle juvenile talent is clear from his six entries, Eye Of The Storm having impressed many observers when third to Trading Leather in a Group Three race at Newmarket earlier this month.
The Richard Hannon-trained Van Der Neer has been confirmed as an intended runner in the same race while a decision will be taken on his stablemate Havana Gold's participation at final declaration. "We'll see how the race looks and run one or both," said Richard Hannon Jr.
Frankie Dettori begins a new era in his career with a full book of rides at Newmarket , an apparent demonstration of the support behind the Italian as he effectively starts out as a freelance, having separated from Godolphin after 18 years at the weekend.
Interestingly Godolphin have set out to be as good as their word, continuing to support him by handing two rides to the Italian.
Nibbled at in the betting to be champion jockey next season, Dettori has mounts for a variety of trainers, including No Poppy for Yorkshire-based Tim Easterby.
Easterby's father, Peter, pledged the stable's support, saying: "He'll be champion jockey next year. There's a lot of life left in him."
At Exeter the rookie trainer Harry Fry was able to celebrate a first success in his own name when Highland Retreat scored under Jack Barber.
Credited with the success of Rock On Ruby in last season's Champion Hurdle, Fry was then an assistant overseeing Paul Nicholls' satellite stable in Seaborough and has branched out only this autumn.
"To get the first winner on the board is a relief, to say the least," said Fry. "To go and do it with a horse owned by Richard Barber, who is my landlord and a man I owe everything to, and for it to be ridden by his grandson Jack is a fairy story."
The Arc de Triomphe winner, Solemia, is set to miss the Breeders' Cup meeting in order to wait for the Japan Cup, according to reports in France.