Group winners Richard Pankhurst, Hathal, Sovereign Debt (pictured) and Here Comes When feature among a superb line-up for the £40,000 Listed British Stallion Studs EBF Hyde Stakes (6.40pm, nine runners) at Kempton Park on Wednesday, November 16.
The mile Polytrack contest is the first Fast-Track Qualifier for the £150,000 Sunbets All-Weather Mile Championships Conditions Stakes at Lingfield Park on All-Weather Championships Finals Day, Good Friday, April 14.
Richard Pankhurst (John Gosden/William Buick) could only finish seventh in last year’s renewal of the Hyde Stakes but the four-year-old has subsequently shown a very high level of form on turf, headed by a facile win in the seven-furlong G2 Hungerford Stakes at Newbury in August.
Hathal (William Haggas/Adam Kirby) scored by a head in the G3 32Red Mile at Haydock Park in September before going on to finish eighth behind Minding in the G1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes on British Champions Day at Ascot on October 15.
Last season’s All-Weather Mile Championships Conditions Stakes runner-up Sovereign Debt (David Nicholls/Declan McDonagh) won a G3 race at Tipperary in October, 2015, and the son of Dark Angel comfortably took a seven-furlong Listed contest at Leopardstown on October 29.
Here Comes When (Andrew Balding/Graham Lee), who was fourth in the 2015 G1 Sussex Stakes, gained a pair of G2 victories at the end of the 2014 Flat season, including an easy win over a mile in the Oettingen-Rennen in Germany.
Ennaadd makes his first appearance since completing a hat-trick of All-Weather wins with a swooping last-to-first victory in a conditions race, run over the same course and distance as the Hyde Stakes, on April 2.
The Roger Varian-trained three-year-old had previously gained a pair of Polytrack victories over the same distance, following up a six-length verdict over Imperial Aviator at Lingfield Park with a comfortable success in a Chelmsford City handicap.
Jack Mitchell takes the ride on the Paco Boy colt, who is drawn in stall three.
Roger Varian said: “Ennaadd had a little setback after his last run but is in good form and has been training well. He is rated 106 now, so he is a nice horse and we are looking forward to getting him back on track.
“A lot of where we go with will depend on how he gets on here but I wouldn’t think that this will be his only run over the winter.
“It looks a competitive race but I think that Ennaadd is quite a nice horse.”
You’re Fired (Karl Burke/Joey Haynes) and Havre de Paix (David Menuisier/Joe Fanning) have both been successful on their sole All-Weather appearance to date, while Calling Out (David Simcock/Jamie Spencer) came home third in the 2014 renewal of the G2 Prix Dollar.
Recent Listed Wentworth Stakes fourth Dawaa (Mark Johnston/Paul Mulrennan) completes the field.
An eight-race card at Kempton Park gets underway at 4.10pm and also includes the two-mile £19,000 32Red Handicap (7.10pm), which has attracted 12 runners including this year’s Cesarewitch Heritage Handicap runner-up First Mohican (Alan King/Hollie Doyle (5)).