Previous Sunbury-on-Thames winner Dragon Symbol will clash with four-time champion Battaash at Glorious Goodwood on Friday afternoon, aiming for a first win since May after a trio of silver medalist appearances.
Archie Watson’s colt has not finished outside of the top two on his seven career starts to date, finding one too good at Haydock Park, Royal Ascot and Newmarket, respectively.
However, he’s been desperately unlucky on occasions, and given that his debut was only back in March, is a very progressive son of Cable Bay who could be worth chancing to dethrone the five-time hunting Charles Hills gelding.
The Dark Angel seven-year-old set a track record in this contest twelve months ago and followed that up with a facile success in the Nunthorpe at York a month later.
His reappearance was not until the defence of his King’s Stands crown in Berkshire when he could only muster fourth, but he is likely to strip fitter for that and will not give up his trophy without a fight.
Kevin Ryan’s Glass Slippers makes her seasonal debut her after winning at the Breeders Cup in November, with recent July Cup fourth Art Power also backing down in trip.