Royal Ascot on ITV Racing – Day One preview

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Published: 18th June 2018

What a start this is going to be at Royal Ascot which will be brought to you by the ITV Racing team.

The five-day festival, where all six races will be covered on ITV Racing, gets underway with the Queen Anne Stakes.
A very competitive race this year with Rhododendron at the head of the market.
She comes into the race after winning the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury and that is the same route that Ribchester took last year.

Benbatl has been in excellent form at Meydan this season.
Lightning Spear was just a short head behind Rhododendron in the Lockinge.
French trained horse Recoletos will also be looking to spoil the party.
The second race of the day is the Coventry Stakes.


The market are saying this is a two-horse race between Sergei Prokofiev and Calyx.
The first named is trained by Aidan O’Brien and has won his last two races very impressively.
Calyx was an impressive winner last week at Newmarket and the time of the last few furlongs was very fast.
He has been subject to a huge gamble and this now looks to be a head to head between the two.
The third race of the day and probably the most talked about clash of the week comes in the Kings Stand Stakes
Last year’s winner was Lady Aurelia and she is taken on by Battaash who on his day is as fast as they come.
Who will come out on top?
This is a fantastic clash and you make a case for both of them.


Lady Aurelia needs to bounce back from a bad run recently and Battaash could lose the race before it even starts.
It has the potential to be the race of the week.
The last Group race of the day is the St James’s Palace Stakes which looks wide open.
The John Gosden trained Without Parole heads the market.
He is sure to improve and does look classy.
Tip Two Win finished second in the 2000 Guineas, Romanised won the Irish 2000 Guineas while US Navy Flag was second.
Gustav Klimt should also like Ascot.
The french are bringing over Wooton who could have his say.
A very competitive race.

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