Star duo set sail for QEII

Ribchester (sheepskin noseband) will take on Churchill

Ribchester and Churchill will do battle at Ascot on Saturday after both horses featured among 15 declarations for the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes.

The Richard Fahey-trained Ribchester is a hot favourite for the straight-mile Group One, having struck three times at the top level this season.

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Aidan O'Brien won this prize for the fourth time with Minding 12 months ago and saddles 2000 Guineas hero Churchill, who needs to bounce back from a disappointing run in the Irish Champion Stakes, Lancaster Bomber and Sir John Lavery.

O'Brien's triple Group One-winning filly Roly Poly was the only horse withdrawn from the confirmation stage.

Andrew Balding fields Here Comes When and the fast-improving Beat The Bank.

Other contenders include Saeed bin Suroor's Thunder Snow and the Andre Fabre-trained Al Wukair.

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