Native Trail will face seven opponents when it sets its unbeaten record at the Darley Duhurst Stakes in Newmarket on Saturday.
Since making an impressive start to his career at Sanddown in June, Charlie has claimed a narrow victory over superlative steaks in the July course at Columb Newmarket in Appleby and has been a strong winner of the National Steak in Kurrag.
Oasis Dream Colt is a hot favorite to follow the hoopprint of former Applebee-trained star Pinatubo, who won the National Steak two years ago before following Rowley Miles.
One of the biggest threats on the Native Trail is Roger Verian’s Bayside Boy, who lined up behind the champagne steak victory in Doncaster.
The Irish hope was carried by J. Lions-trained Straight North, who was complementary at the start of the week, and the first winner to run once was Glanthaun, who bid for Aidan O’Brien’s eighth Duhurst success.
Hugo Palmer kept the Dubai legend a secret, as Dave Lugnen’s Go Bears Go Phoenix Stakes and Middle Park bid to be lucky for the third time in Group One after appearing near his last couple.
Royal Ascot winners Berkshire Shadow (Andrew Balding) and Dhabab (John and Thadi Gosden) have completed the line-up.
Anti-post favorite MC Muldun Wiley Mullins is one of the six runners in the international Sisarewich race together.
Clauston Handler has wept over the last three winners of the hurdle of being dignified and has expressed a desire to add to his list – MC Muldun joins defending champions Great White Shark, Micro Manage, Whiskey Sour, Burning Victory and Faveros.
Mullins, no stranger to historiography, is bidding to be the first coach to win a fourth Caesarea since Matthew Dawson ran with Stone Clink in 1886, equaling William Day’s record.
He said: “Anyone with this long-distance disability is always the target.
“As soon as the two come together, it becomes an obvious competition – and since we buy lots of ex-flat horses and jump, it’s easy for them to get back into this kind of race.
“The Caesarwich is something we can consider for several of our horses, so we keep it in our minds – and as the Tu walks we sharpen the focus a bit more for the right ones.
“Having a good enough horse to compete in these races is a special opportunity and it’s a matter of pride to be on record. We’re taking it well with the team we’re bringing.”
Among his runners, Mullins added: “MC Muldun is in good condition, and I think the track and trip will be suitable for him.
“The racing situation is perfect for Burning Victory in France, and he will probably return to France after that, then continue his disruptive career in the winter.
“Jason Watson gave the Great White Shark a great ride last year. He has to come back and be very competitive in such an obstacle after a short break. He likes the track and will handle everything, so he takes his chances.
“Whiskey talk seems to be on forever, but he’s still only eight years old and in good condition. Travel and land won’t be a problem for him, so I hope he runs his normal good race.
“Favreros is an approved zealing who won the soft field at Longchamp before he came to us. He ran a great race in Galway.
“Micro management will definitely have the power, and I think he should be on this trip. He might want to solve a little better, and he needs to learn more about racing.”