Baaeed face eight opponents on Saturday as William Hagas’ superstar returns to Newbury’s Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes.
The 4-year-old, who didn’t compete at the age of 2, went from winning his maiden race in June to reaching the Prix du Moulin and Queen Elizabeth II Championships at the end of the season.
He has been voted one of the best horses in the world and all eyes will be on him as his season begins.
His main market competitor is Aidan O’Brien’s Mother Earth, last year’s 1000 Guinness winner. She has benefited from her first win in the Park Express Championship of the season.
Another great pony last year was Andrew Balding’s alcohol-free pony, which also raced, finishing third in the second group at Sandown.
The real world of Saeed bin Suroor is on a retrieval mission, having let him down in his last two matches in the Saudi Cup and the Dubai World Cup after making huge strides on the turf last season.
Ralph Beckett re-emerged at Ascot last time out, while the Sunray Major fought for John and Thady Gosden.
Richard Hannon ran both Chndit and Etonian, and Sir Bucker was ridden by Hollie Doyle to complete the field.