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Royal Ascot victory on the cards for Sir Michael Stoute's Dream Of Dreams in Diamond Jubilee Stakes




Newmarket have decent chances across all five days of Royal Ascot this year, including in Saturday’s feature, the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes in which DREAM OF DREAMS is fancied to strike.

The flashy chestnut looks to be Sir Michael Stoute’s best chance of the week and is due a change of luck after finishing runner-up in the sprint feature for the past two years.

Denied by just a head by Hello Youmzain a year ago, Dream Of Dreams sailed through his warm up race at Windsor last month and has thrived at home since then.

Dream Of Dreams trainer Sir Michael Stoute
Dream Of Dreams trainer Sir Michael Stoute

Also on Saturday, ILARAAB can register his most important win to date in the Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes.

William Haggas has decent chances through the week and this four-year-old is on a remarkable run of six wins, stretching back to July last year.

The son of Wootton Bassett is expected to be suited by rain that falls in midweek and went nicely in a workout on the watered gallop with his higher-rated stable-mate Addeybb on Tuesday morning.

William Haggas, who trains Alenquer
William Haggas, who trains Alenquer

Haggas also has major chances at the Royal bash tomorrow when ALENQUER is fancied to handle a step up in trip in the Group 2 King Edward VII Stakes.

The three-year-old has form to die for, having put subsequent Derby winner Adayar in the shade in the Group 3 Trial at Sandown in April, but has not been seen since.

Alenquer, who was in the mix for Epsom himself after that win, picked up an injury shortly afterwards and has had to bide his time. But his recent work on the Limekilns round gallop has been of the highest order.

Tomorrow’s opener is a competitive renewal of the Group 3 Albany Stakes in which FLOTUS is fancied to get Simon and Ed Crisford on the board.

Father and son team Simon and Ed Crisford. Picture: Edward Whitaker
Father and son team Simon and Ed Crisford. Picture: Edward Whitaker

The daughter of Starspangledbanner should have no problems with any forecast easing in the ground as she handled soft ground when scoring on her debut at Goodwood last month.

Flotus looked to have taken that in her stride when striding out on Warren Hill on Tuesday morning and she has the assistance of Frankie Dettori for the first time.

Richard Spencer has his team in good form and TYSON FURY is expected to deliver a knockout punch to his rivals in the Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes.

A winner over course and distance last year, the four-year-old has not hit top form so far in 2021 but has looked to be back in business in his recent work on the Limekilns Round Gallop.

The Richard Spencer-trained Tyson Fury
The Richard Spencer-trained Tyson Fury

John and Thady Gosden are worried about the prospect of the Ascot ground being too soft for STRADIVARIUS’ bid to make history in the Group 1 Ascot Gold Cup on Thursday but he should win anyway.

The chestnut talisman is out to match the exploits of the mighty Yeats and rack up a fourth straight win in the stayers crown and impressed in his final piece of work on the July Course last Tuesday.

The same day, George Scott is hoping that the serious rain stays away for the much fancied GEORGE PEABODY in the Britannia Handicap.

The son of Holy Roman Emperor did well to defy a penalty in a novice at Thirsk last time out, after which he was put by for this.

George Scott, who trains George Peabody
George Scott, who trains George Peabody

Judging by his subsequent work on the Peat Moss Gallop, George Peabody could not be in better shape for his bid to notch a hat-trick.

Closer to home, racing returns to the July Course tomorrow where RIKNAAH is expected to notch the hat-trick for Crisfords in the Iceni Fillies Handicap.

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