The must-watch race on each of the five days at Royal Ascot
Top hats, Frankie Dettori and 35 fantastic races – it can only be Royal Ascot, whose five-day jamboree begins on Tuesday. The quality is magnificent throughout and here we select the one race each day you will not want to miss.
King's Stand Stakes
Battaash banished the blues of any Ascot hoodoo by readily landing this race last year, having finished second to Blue Point in the previous two seasons.
There are question marks about the star sprinter again though as a setback over the winter means this is his first start of the season. Layers should not be too hasty because Battaash has a perfect 5-5 record on his first start of the season.
Three-year-old filly Winter Power is weighted to go close in receipt of the allowances, while US raider Extravagant Kid, who won the Al Quoz Sprint last time, is an intriguing runner with Ryan Moore booked.
Whatever happens, it is extremely likely to be over in less than a minute – as has been the case in nine of the last ten runnings.
Prince of Wales's Stakes
Top-level winners Lord North, Love, Addeybb, Audarya and Desert Encounter could clash in the day two highlight over 1m2f.
Lord North landed this Group 1 event last year and most recently struck in the Dubai Turf in March, while this could be a first start since August for the Aidan O'Brien-trained 1,000 Guineas and Oaks winner Love.
Audarya, winner of the Prix Jean Romanet and Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf, is another top mare set to return, while Australia and Ascot hero Addeybb and Cox Plate second Armory are others firmly in the reckoning.
This is all about Stradivarius, who seeks to equal the record of Yeats by securing a fourth Gold Cup success.
The John and Thady Gosden-trained seven-year-old has won the last three renewals, streaking clear for a ten-length triumph last season, and returned with a cosy Sagaro Stakes win at the track in April.
Subjectivist, successful in the Prix Royal-Oak and Dubai Gold Cup on his last two starts, Yorkshire Cup winner Spanish Mission and wide-margin Long Distance Cup scorer Trueshan are the chief threats, but Stradivarius once again heads to the meeting with a banker status.
Rizeena was the last British-trained winner of this three-year-old fillies' event in 2014 and Primo Bacio bids to end the barren run for the home challenge.
She breezed to victory in the Michael Seely Memorial Stakes at York for Ed Walker last month and looks a very smart prospect.
Snow Lantern will seek to reverse that form for Richard Hannon, while Potapova, 2-2 for Sir Michael Stoute, is another interesting British contender.
Those to have contested Classics this term, including 1,000 Guineas winner Mother Earth, Alcohol Free and Pretty Gorgeous, are other leading hopes.
Diamond Jubilee Stakes
Walker has another big chance in the final day feature as exciting sprinter Starman heads the market for the Diamond Jubilee Stakes – the sole Group 1 race on Saturday.
Dream Of Dreams has finished a head second in this race for the past two years, while Art Power won a three-year-old handicap at the royal meeting last year and can build on his return sixth behind Starman at York.
Champions Day winner Glen Shiel is another sprinter to consider, although connections would welcome rain for their star.
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