Day One of Royal Ascot sees the two most recent 2000 Guineas winners in action. Most recent winner, Cockney Rebel is a warm order to take the St James's Palace Stakes and it will be interesting to see if he confirms form with Dutch art who finished third against him at Newmarket when drawn on the "wrong side". Earlier in the card last year's 2000 Guineas winner, George Washington, returns to the racecourse following a less than successful stud career. He faces Cesare who boasts a 100% record at Ascot and won't mind any rain, as well as Red Evie who took the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury last month.
On Day Two it looks as though Dylan Thomas will go off favourite in the Prince Of Wales Stakes, although he faces tough competition from the likes of Manduro, Notnowcato and Red Rocks. Notnowcato has already defeated Dylan Thomas once this season and it is hard to knock his chances of confirming that form while Manduro looks like he has grown up over the winter and he has a great chance of scoring a victory for the French.
The Ascot Gold Cup takes place on Day Three and we have an odds-on favourite for the race in the form of last year's winner Yeats. This leaves plenty of room for each way wagers and Sergeant Cecil will be popular amongst the betting public, whilst Baddam is a lively outsider having won twice at last year's festival.
On Day Four Finsceal Beo will take on Darjina, the only horse to beat her in three group one races this season. The Coronation Stakes will be a fascinating rematch and Finsceal Beo should be able to reverse form if she has recovered from her early season exertions. The unbeaten Mi Emma from Germany is another filly who adds interest to this contest.
On the fifth and final day of Royal Ascot the Golden Jubilee is the feature race and it will be interesting to have seen how the Australian quartet got on in the Kings Stand on opening day. It is a very open race and the market is likely to receive a shake up depending on Tuesday's result but it looks as though Miss Andretti is going to be very hard to beat.
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