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Injured jockey Frankie Dettori out of Royal Ascot

Injured jockey Frankie Dettori out of Royal Ascot

And she may enjoy a victor this week too, with Stoute's Mainstream looking a cut above in Friday's Duke Of Edinburgh Handicap - a race carrying the title of her husband and a man who will stand down from Royal duties this summer at the age of 96.

With the impending heat wave, it's a good bet the course will be good to firm at least until the forecast calls for some rain on Thursday.

Day One's feature race will be the 4:20 St James's Palace Stakes with Churchill the strong favourite to seize the victory.

The action for USA fans starts fast and furious on Tuesday with two of the top horses in the US turf mile division taking on Europe in the Queen Anne, the first Royal Ascot race of the week.

"He's very straightforward and he should be happy on the (good to firm) ground", said O'Brien, who will also field formidable English and Irish 1000 Guineas victor Winter in Friday's feature the Coronation Stakes.

Richard Fahey's four-year-old was a very impressive victor of last month's Lockinge Stakes at Newbury.

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Meanwhile, haute couture designer Isabell Kristensen, among others, has praised the Berkshire race meeting which is as much a social occasion as a celebration of sport.

"There are always questions as you go from two to three years old".

Mark Casse, Bill Mott, Todd Pletcher and Graham Motion are the other American trainers with horses at Ascot this week. This filly showed plenty of dash when winning by seven lengths on her sole start last month and John Valazquez takes the ride.

Ward stops short of equating her to Lady Aurelia, who dominated the event 12 months ago and this year runs in the King's Stand Stakes on Tuesday, one of the most competitive Group 1s of the week.

There had been no signs of problems when she won in Keeneland in April but Ward knows he has to tread carefully, unable to make use of the anti-bleeding drug Lasix that would be permissible in America.

American trainer Wesley A. Ward has entered 10 horses at Royal Ascot as part of the largest contingent of USA runners to compete at the prestigious racing festival staged just outside London.

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While we may be more used to seeing Willie Mullins in the winner's enclosure at Cheltenham in March, he is also a man to be respected here as he has won this Ascot Handicap and the Queen Alexandra twice. Six of those wins have been by juveniles. The victor of last year's Qatar Prix de l'Abbaye de Longchamp (GI), Marsha is trained by Mark Prescott, who has pushed a friendly rivalry in the press between the daughter of Acclamation and Lady Aurelia. Goldream, who captured this event in 2015 and who hasn't won a race since October of 2015, aims to regain his title in here for trainer Robert Cowell.

The final French raider I have picked out is Precieuse who is trained by Fabrice Chappet.

"He has an American pedigree and the soft going did not suit him".

The King's Stand at 15:40 is not a race I want to play in.

Armed patrols were deployed at Royal Ascot, which the Queen will attend, for the first time in 2016. Regular jockey Ryan Moore returns.

"There's nothing like Royal Ascot".

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He really should get the week off to a positive start for favourite-backers, but as suggested on Sunday, Barney Roy is a very live danger to Churchill later on the card.

The Coolmore-owned son of Galileo renews rivalry with Richard Hannon's Barney Roy, who met with trouble in running before finishing second in the English Guineas, and is sure to put up a good fight against the progressive Ballydoyle challenger.

UAE Derby (GI) victor Thunder Snow was back in action late last month at The Curragh and was second in the Irish Two Thousand Guineas.

"Thunder Snow tries hard in his races, but Churchill beat him comfortably at the Curragh, and that colt is again the one to beat", said Bin Suroor.

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