Melbourne Cup winner Media Puzzle is among 99 entries revealed today for the Tote Ebor. Dermot Weld's six-year-old has been given 9st 11lb in the £190,000 showpiece at York on August 20 following his famous success at Flemington last November. The Irish trainer has put in three other horses - Mobasher (8st 11lb), Direct Bearing (8st 4lb) and Lowlander (8st 10lb).
Aidan O'Brien, successful with Mediterranean two years ago, has made just one entry - Handel, who finished eighth to Alamshar in the Budweiser Irish Derby. A third Irish trainer with entries is Willie Mullins with three - Holy Orders (9st 3lb), Sadlers Wings (9st 1lb) and Silk Screen (7st 8lb).
Of the British trainers, Sir Michael Stoute has the biggest entry - eight - as he attempts to take the Knavesmire showpiece for a fourth time, following Shaftesbury (1980), Deposki (1991) and Clerkenwell (1996). His team comprises Supremacy (9st 4lb), Researched (9st 4lb), Distinction (9st 1lb), Global Challenge (8st 11lb), Manoubi (8st 5lb), Hawk Flyer (7st 12lb), Dalaram (7st 11lb) and Hasanpour (7st 2lb).
Last season's winner Hugs Dancer (9st 6lb), trained by James Given, could bid for back-to-back victories. The horse held on gamely to deny Pole Star by three-quarters of a length in 2002 when receiving 12lb, and he returned to the Knavesmire earlier this month to win the Listed Webster's Silver Cup Rated Handicap, this time accounting for the Dave Morris-trained Mamcazma (8st 12lb) by two and a half lengths.
Pole Star, trained by James Fanshawe, heads the weights this time round on 9st 13lb, following his fine third to Mr Dinos in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot. Fanshawe also has the smart Defining (8st 10lb), the consistent Reveillez (8st 1lb) and Rule Britannia (7st 11lb). Amanda Perrett, who sent out Give The Slip to win three years ago, has four entries - Tote Chester Cup second Big Moment (8st 9lb), Dawn Invasion (9st 3lb), Westmoreland Road (8st 10lb) and It's The Limit (8st 6lb).
Among other notable entries are Northumberland Plate hero Unleash (8st 10lb), Old Newton Cup victor Collier Hill (8st 8lb), the Hughie Morrison- trained Waverley (8st 12lb), winner of the Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes at Royal Ascot, Razkalla (9st 10lb) from David Loder's stable and Flownaway (8st 11lb), trained by William Jarvis.
Filed by Brendan Cole