In the end, there was no need for connections of Sir Mark Prescott’s progressive young stayer to sweat whether he could make the maximum 34-strong line-up.
Willie Mullins is three-handed with ante-post favourite Buildmeupbuttercup, Stratum and Great White Shark bidding to give Ireland’s champion jumps trainer Willie Mullins back-to-back victories in the valuable handicap after Low Sun 12 months ago.
Ireland’s champion flat trainer Aidan O'Brien is relying on Cypress Creek to provide him with a first success in the race. Other raiders from the Emerald Isle are Sneaky Getaway, Mr Everest, Great Trango and Party Playboy.
Molatham heads a field of nine for the Darley Autumn Stakes after owner Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum and trainer Roger Varian opted for the Group Three rather than take on Pinatubo in the Darley Dewhurst Stakes.
Last month’s Doncaster Listed winner faces eight rivals including John Gosden’s twice-raced unbeaten colt Cherokee Trail and Charlie Appleby’s Al Suhail, who was a close third in the Solario Stakes at Sandown.