John Gosden is sticking to a tried and trusted route with last year’s winner, who sets the standard among the current crop of stayers.
The chestnut enjoyed a flawless season, following up his victory in this race with wins in the Gold Cup at Ascot, the Goodwood Cup, the Lonsdale Cup and Champions Day glory.
Stradivarius was last seen winning the Long Distance Cup on British Champions Day
In the process he won the Weatherbys Hamilton Stayers’ Million and if he begins his season with a win, another tilt at the bonus is on the cards.
Aidan O’Brien has left in 2017 Irish Derby hero Capri and Southern France.
Last year’s runner-up Desert Skyline could be back again with Mootasadir a possible for Hugo Palmer.
Perhaps the chief threat could come from Mark Johnston’s Dee Ex Bee, second in the Derby last year and an impressive winner of the Sagaro Stakes. Stablemate Mildenberger could also run.
Aircraft Carrier, Ispolini, Sevenna Star, Young Rascal and Pilaster complete the list.