Love set for long-awaited return in Coronation Cup at Epsom

Aidan O'Brien's Love and William Haggas' Al Aasy are amongst the 11 leading confirmed contenders for the Coral Coronation Cup at Epsom on Friday.

Love, who was a brilliant winner of both the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket and the Oaks at Epsom last season, has not been seen in competitive action since winning the Yorkshire Oaks in August.

O'Brien recently raised the Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot as her likely comeback target, but she retains the option of returning to Epsom next week.

The Ballydoyle-trainer, who has saddled a record eight previous winners of the Coronation Cup, has also confirmed Broome, Japan, Mogul and last year's Derby hero Serpentine.

Should Love not make the trip across the Irish Sea, Japan would look to be O'Brien's chief contender after making a winning start to his campaign in Chester's Ormonde Stakes.

Favourite Al Aasy is expected to successfully step up to Group One level, having looked every inch a top-class colt in winning successive Group Three prizes at Newbury this spring.

Pyledriver is set to represent William Muir and his training partner Chris Grassick.

The Harbour Watch colt won the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Great Voltigeur at York last summer and made a promising reappearance when runner-up in the Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket in early May.

Highland Chief (Paul and Oliver Cole), potential French raider In Swoop (Francis-Henri Graffard) and Kirsten Rausing-owned fillies Albaflora (Ralph Beckett) and Alpinista (Sir Mark Prescott) are the other hopefuls.