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Let's have a look at the cream of the crop:
Cristoforo Colombo Ire - 3yo b c Henrythenavigator - La Traviata (Johannesburg)
His sire won the 2000 Guineas in 2008 after winning the Coventry the previous year but failed to claim that race himself when third to Dawn Approach last season. Bogged down in heavy ground the next twice he gave the impression a step up to 1m would suit when 4th in the Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket and a return to a firmer surface would be ideal.
Declaration Of War (USA) 4-y-o (29Apr09 b c) War Front (USA) — Tempo West (USA) (Rahy (USA)
This son of War Front started his career in France as a 2yo in stellar fashion when winning both starts for Christophe Soumillon.
Snapped up for a 3yo campaign by the Ballydoyle stable after a rusty start for his new horse trainer at the Curragh he went on to win both his other two races culminating in victory at the Diamond Stakes (Group 3) at Dundalk in October.
His first outing this season got off to a cracking start at Leopardstown when comfortably accounting for the useful Bold Thady Quill in the Heritage Stakes (Listed Race). The JLT Lockinge Stakes at Newbury in May is now a likely assignation.
Foundry Ire - 3yo b c Galileo - Sharp Lisa (Dixieland Band)
Made an impressive debut when winning by 5 lengths at Leopardstown in November, form that has since been franked by wins for the third and fifth.
There is plenty of stamina in his pedigree and a Derby trial could be on the cards.
George Vancouver USA - 3yo b c Henrythenavigator - Versailles Treaty (Danzig)
Took awhile to find his feet last season but this half brother to several winners in the USA soon upped his game when finishing placed in the Prix Morny and Dewhurst Stakes.
Like his sire he appears to relish fast ground and ran out a ready winner in the Breeders Cup Juvenile Turf and could justify his entry in the Irish 2000 Guineas and other similar events, home and away, over the summer.
Imperial Monarch Ire - 4yo b c Galileo - Ionian Sea (Slip Anchor)
A very game winner of the Group 1 Grand Prix De Paris over 1m 4f at Longchamp last year he looked nailed on for the St Leger only to be bumped off that race by the Triple Crown seeking Camelot.
He was in need of the run in the Canadian International over 1m 4f at Woodbine in October and gave the impression that a step up in trip would suit. With another winter on his back he could come into his own in stayers races, such as the Ascot Gold Cup this season.
Indian Chief Ire - 3yo b c Montjeu - Buck Aspen (Seeking The Gold)
This son of Montjeu was runner up to subsequent Group 1 winner Loch Garman at Navan on his sole outing last season and is likely to feature in a Derby trial this season and should soon be winning races.
Kingsbarns (Ire) - 3yo b c Galileo - Beltisaal (Belmez)
Won the Racing Post Trophy (Group 1) on his second start as a 2yo and although it was more workmanlike than startling, previous winners of this race have often produced a British classic winner with the likes of High Chaparral, Motivator, Authorised and Camelot.
Entries for this season include:
4May13 Newmarket, Qipco 2000 Guineas Stakes British Champions Series (Group 1)
12May13 Leopardstown, Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial Stakes (Group 2)
16May13 York, Betfred Dante Stakes (Group 2)
25May13 Curragh, Irish 2,000 Guineas (Group 1)
1Jun13 Epsom, Investec Derby (Group 1)
29Jun13 Curragh, Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby (Group 1)
Most Improved (Ire) - 4yo b c Lawman - Tonnara (Linamix)
Won one of his three races as a 2yo and followed that with one win from four as a 3yo. The success in the St James's Palace Stakes (British Champions Series) (Group 1) demonstrated enough class to persuade Aidan O'Brien to purchase him out of Brian Meehan's yard despite some subsequent lack lustre efforts.
With the likes of Frankel and Excelebration now retired he could come into his own this season in races such as the Leopardstown Amethyst Stakes (Group 3)and Newbury Lockinge Stakes (Group 1)
Theatre (Ire) - 3yo b c Galileo - Rumplestiltskin (Danehill)
Won his maiden at Leopardstown over 7f on his second start last season and the manner of that 6 length victory would seem to suggest there is plenty more to come.