Slight favourite Marshman has tough challenge from nine rivals in Middle Park Stakes

Ten colts have stood their ground for the Group One Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket.

Aidan O'Brien has left in Aesop's Fables, Blackbeard and The Antarctic, while Karl Burke's Marshman brings excellent form claims to the table after filling the runner-up spot in the Gimcrack last month.

After finishing second to the brilliant Little Big Bear in the Phoenix Stakes and Blackbeard in the Prix Morny in August, Richard Hannon is hopeful Persian Force can make it third time lucky at the highest level.

Hannon said: "I'm going in there with a horse we know is good enough and I think he will run very well. He has lasted all year, is tough and has never looked better. He has proved himself at the top level.

"I was gutted after Deauville. We were drawn a bit wide and had to come over to the stands side and race Blackbeard. At the Curragh I couldn't believe something beat him by seven lengths as I know what sort of horse he is. He surely has an excellent chance."

Ismail Mohammed's pair of Never Just A Dream and Once More For Luck, Charlie Appleby's Mischief Magic, the Paul and Oliver Cole-trained Royal Scotsman and Zoology from James Ferguson's yard are the other hopefuls.

O'Brien is responsible for four of the nine entries for the Group Two Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes with Adelaide River, Irish Champions Weekend winner Auguste Rodin, Greenland and Hans Anderson confirmed.

Appleby looks set to rely on the exciting Flying Honours and Burke has left in Holloway Boy, although the latter is set to contest the Tattersalls Stakes on Thursday.

Majestic Dawn heads 44 acceptors for the bet365 Cambridgeshire Handicap, with ante-post favourite Mujtaba and fellow William Haggas-trained runner Protagonist two of the leading fancies.

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