Former Kempton victor Extra Elusive will repartner Hollie Doyle in Thursday’s Brigadier Gerard Stakes, which will be honoured in memory of the late Joe Mercer.
Rated 113, the chestnut horse can replicate Tribal Craft, the other previous Kempton successor who took the Bronte Stakes at York last weekend.
The Mastercraftsman gelding was successful in Sunbury-on-Thames back in August 2018 and scored a Group 3 double for Roger Charlton last campaign at Haydock and Windsor, respectively.
He was also denied by half-a-length in the Magnolia Stakes in Surrey two years ago, but holds a respectable record of five victories from 18 outings to date.
Fellow Group rivals later this week include the former Hampton Court Stakes winner Sangarius and fellow Kempton hero Oriental Mystique.
Andrew Balding’s Fox Tal and Cumberland Lodge king Euchen Glen complete the field of five in Esher’s feature contest.
The contest will be held in honour of the late Joe Mercer, who passed away recently at the age of 86.
He formed a formidable partnership with the legendary Brigadier Gerard, beating Mill Reef in the 1971 edition of the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket, winning a total of 17 times aboard the brilliant horse.
Additionally, he featured in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot four years later, when his mount Bustino was beaten by Grundy in a thriller often dubbed the “race of the century”.
Brigadier Gerard is considered to be one of the all-time greats, and his list of wins include wins in the St James’s Palace, Sussex Stakes, two wins in the Queen Elizabeth II, the Champion Stakes and the Eclipse.