Updated King George betting from WIlliam Hill
A field of 12 acceptors stand their ground at the five-day entry stage for the open-age Ascot highlight - the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes - where St Nicholas Abbey holds 9-4 favouritism with William Hill.
Reigning champion Nathaniel was cut to second-favouritism in defence of his title following his Eclipse victory, and shares a 3-1 quote alongside Sir Michael Stoute's Hardwicke winner Sea Moon.
Melbourne Cup winner Dunaden is next in the betting at 5-1, ahead of Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe heroine Danedream at 8-1.
William Hill spokeswoman Lucy Rhodes said "St Nicholas Abbey is strong at the head of the betting but Sea Moon has been popular after positive gallop reports, and we could see a real shortening as with Workforce last year who usurped the Ballydoyle contender's favouritism in the run-up"
King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes: 9-4 St Nicholas Abbey, 3-1 Nathaniel, Sea Moon, 5-1 Dunaden, 8-1 Danedream, 16-1 Reliable Man, Shareta, 20-1 Deep Brillante, 25-1 Brown Panther, Masked Marvel, 150-1 Robin Hood, Windsor Palace (EW 1/5 1,2,3)