Top class: Aidan O’Brien’s Magician
Magician can spring a minor surprise and bounce back to his very best with victory in the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot.
Despite being the top-rated horse in the field, he comes into the race a little under the radar as much of the attention is focused upon Hardwicke Stakes victor Telescope and Oaks winner Taghrooda, both of whom hold excellent claims.
Magician has not quite hit the expected heights so far this term, with Aidan O'Brien clearly anticipating plenty from a colt who won the Breeders' Cup Turf at the end of last year.
Nothing went right for him in the Sheema Classic at Meydan in March, while he failed to really sparkle when narrowly defeating Parish Hall in a Curragh Group Three.
Heads were then down after Noble Mission beat him on very testing ground in the Tattersalls Gold Cup.
He put up a perfectly respectable show at Royal Ascot, though, finishing just under two lengths behind when second to The Fugue in the Prince of Wales's Stakes over what could well be a slightly inadequate 10-furlong trip.
Magician just lacked the necessary extra gear when The Fugue challenged but that effort represented a return to something like his best form and a switch back up in trip can see the Galileo colt shine once more.
King Torus just sneaks into the Longines International Stakes at the bottom of the handicap and he can make good use of his comparative feather weight at long odds.
The six-year-old was a dual Group Two winner back in his juvenile days but he lost his way a bit before departing the Hannon team to join Jamie Osborne last year.
He won a couple of minor events for that handler but has really stepped his game up since joining Ruth Carr this year, winning each of his three outings for the North Yorkshire trainer.
Narrow wins at Newcastle and Ripon were supplemented with success at Doncaster recently, and while none of those events were as competitive as this, King Torus has certainly been making strides and arrives in top form.
His Pattern successes show he has a touch of class and though King Torus has plenty to find with the horses at the top, he arrives in fine heart and will have the fast ground he so clearly relishes.
Osaila impressed when beating the colts at Doncaster recently and can strike Group Three gold in the Princess Margaret Juddmonte Stakes.
She was beaten just over six lengths in the Albany Stakes at the Royal meeting last month before going on to claim a confidence-boosting three-length verdict on Town Moor with the minimum of fuss.
Osaila turns out again just over a week later but Richard Hannon is clearly confident a quick comeback will present few problems for a filly held in high regard.
Danadana can finally score a first victory in 2014 in the Skybet York Stakes on the Knavesmire.
The six-year-old is finally free of the penalty he incurred for winning a Turkish Group Two last year, a race which only equates to Listed level in British terms.
That extra bit of weight saw him firmly anchored on his reappearance in the Earl of Sefton, while he was beaten over 10 lengths at Chester on his latest start in May.
However, he was up against Noble Mission and Telescope that day so a hefty defeat can be forgiven and he is back in with a chance in this Group Two.
Zalty just lost out in one of Ireland's most competitive sprint handicaps last time but compensation awaits in the Skybet Dash.
He was drawn in an unfavourable low stall on that occasion but still turned in an excellent effort in first-time blinkers to be beaten just half a length.
He has to race off a 6lb higher mark here but David Marnane is pretty shrewd and would not be making the trip if he did not think Zalty was in with a proper shout.
Athenian made a successful seasonal bow at Newmarket earlier this month and can follow up again for Sir Mark Prescott in the Adnams Ghost Ship Fillies' Handicap back at Headquarters.
Tap Your Toes in the choice in the Bathwick Tyres Maiden Stakes at Salisbury, while Fairy Mist can go well in Lingfield's Mark's "Final Furlong" Handicap.
At Newcastle, Crisis Averted can earn top honours in the Collingwood Fleet Insurance Handicap.
ASCOT: 1.30 Peacock, 2.05 Osaila, 2.40 Kafeel, 3.15 King Torus, 3.50 MAGICIAN (NAP), 4.25 See The Storm, 5.00 High Master.
LINGFIELD: 5.30 Rock Follies, 6.00 Elizona, 6.30 Born to Fly, 7.00 Fairy Mist, 7.35 Mister Bob, 8.05 Daydreamer, 8.35 Censorius.
NEWCASTLE: 1.55 Ythan Waters, 2.30 Crisis Averted, 3.05 Repetition, 3.40 Rayadour, 4.15 Wilhana, 4.50 I'll Be Good, 5.25 Lil Sophella.
NEWMARKET: 2.10 Future Empire, 2.45 Ajmany, 3.20 Athenian, 3.55 Greeb, 4.30 Fanciful Angel, 5.05 Lawyer, 5.35 Mymatechris.
SALISBURY: 5.45 Galatian, 6.15 Rough Courte, 6.45 Joyous, 7.15 More Drama, 7.50 Tap Your Toes, 8.20 Air Squadron, 8.50 Alzanti.
WEXFORD: 2.15 Dash, 2.50 Longton, 3.25 Renown, 4.00 Millington, 4.35 Hangar Five, 5.10 Gun Shoot, 5.40 Black Spot On.
YORK: 1.50 Kleo, 2.20 Short Squeeze, 2.55 Danadana, 3.30 Zalty, 4.05 Must Have, 4.40 Itlaaq, 5.15 Pillar Box.
DOUBLE: Magician and King Torus.