Animal Kingdom (right) and Red Cadeaux could clash again in the EclipsePICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Kingdom among host of stars entered for Eclipse
ANIMAL KINGDOM, the Kentucky Derby and Dubai World Cup winner, could extend his stay in Britain this summer after featuring among a star-studded entry for the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown.
Trained by Graham Motion, Animal Kingdom was flown to Britain after his triumph at Meydan in March and is being prepared in Lambourn for a tilt at either the Queen Anne Stakes or Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot.
The five-year-old is scheduled to take up stud duties at Arrowfield Stud in Australia for the southern hemisphere breeding season this autumn although the timing of the Eclipse would allow him to take in the race before being retired.
The cream of the middle-distance division feature among the 60 entries for the race including triple Classic-winner Camelot, Cirrus Des Aigles, the globetrotting Red Cadeaux and stablemate Snow Fairy, Prix Ganay winner Pastorius and St Nicholas Abbey.
The strong three-year-old crop could also feature with the unbeaten trio Dawn Approach, Toronado and Kingsbarns all getting entries for the 1m2f Group 1.
However, only Oratorio and Sea The Stars have won the race for the three-year-olds in the last ten years emphasising the diffculty they face.
A number of entries for top-class races at Royal Ascot and the Investec Derby meeting were also revealed on Wednesday.
Java's War, the subject of positive reports ahead of a shot at the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, is one of 70 entries for the King Edward VII Stakes while classy filly The Fugue is entered in both the Hardwicke Stakes and the Duke of Cambridge Stakes (formerly the Windsor Forest Stakes).
At Epsom, evergreen sprinter Indian Trail is among the 59 entries for the Investec Dash. The 13-year-old could face La Fortunata among others.
The filly was only narrow beaten at the course last month and trainer Mike Murphy said: "We call her the 'Pocket Rocket' because she is only small, but she hits the stalls really well and you need to do that in a five-furlong race. Obviously, you need a good draw and luck in running but you need to be in it to win as they say."