International stars stand ground

Red-hot favourite is the star name among 13 runners in the International at on Wednesday.

: Returns to action in 's Wednesday feature

The son of Dubawi has won his last five starts in total and is unbeaten in three since joining Roger Varian.

He completed his hat-trick with a scintillating display in the Coronation Cup at , but subsequently missed the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at after suffering a respiratory infection and will now bid for a first victory over a mile and a quarter on the Knavesmire.

Varian also saddles King Bolete, who can be expected to adopt a pacemaking role.

Aidan O'Brien and have trained a joint-record five previous winners of the £900,000 contest.

O'Brien, who last struck with in 2014, fires a twin assault at this year's renewal with King George hero Highland Reel joined by stable companion Sir Isaac Newton, who was fourth in the same event at last month.

Stoute's last International winner was Notnowcato and he is represented by Arab Spring, who can be expected to improve from his belated comeback run in the Rose of Lancaster Stakes at less than a fortnight ago, and Exosphere.

Coral-Eclipse winner is a major contender for trainer . He is one of just two three-year-olds in the field along with 's King George runner-up Wings Of Desire.

The Grey Gatsby bids to make it third time lucky in this event having been placed in the last two renewals for Yorkshire-based Kevin Ryan.

French challenger Dariyan, Summer Mile winner Mutakayyef, Prince of Wales's Stakes hero My Dream Boat and outsider Almodovar complete the line-up.

The only withdrawal from the confirmation stage was O'Brien's Investec runner-up US Army Ranger.

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