Royal Ascot is back and with over 300,000 fans expected to flock to Berkshire for what looks to be another enthralling week of racing, it’ll be all eyes on the horses and jockeys. There are plenty of high-profile races throughout the week, including the prestigious annual Gold Cup on Thursday. With 30 races scheduled across the five-day meet, there will be plenty of horses to keep an eye on. We’ve decided to look at 10 stars who will take to the track over the coming days, you should keep an eye out for these!
Racing in the King’s Stand Stakes on Tuesday, sprinter Battaash will attempt to establish himself as one of the world’s fastest sprinters over five furlongs. The five-year-old will face tough competition from Blue Point, who narrowly pipped Battaash in the same race 12 months ago.
Too Darn Hot
Too Darn Hot will run in the St James’s Palace Stakes on Tuesday and looks set for a fierce battle to claim Ascot glory. The three-year-old was in fine form last year and will need to bring that form to run out victorious in Berkshire.
Phoenix Of Spain
Too Darn Hot’s main rival on Tuesday will be Phoenix Of Spain. Charlie Hills’s grey beat Too Darn Hot in the Irish Guineas and may well light up Ascot once again with a dominant display in the St James’s Palace Stakes.
Experienced jockey Frankie Dettori will ride the exciting New Graduate in the Royal Hunt Cup on Wednesday. New Graduate has not finished outside the top two in four starts and will come into the race in good form with a recent impressive five-length win at Ripon back in April.
Aidan O’Brien-trained Magical could be another to catch the eye during the week. She has three wins from three races this season and will be looking to add to her impressive run in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes.
Sea of Class
Someone who could rival Magical will be Sea of Class. The William Haggas-trained four-year-old will make her first appearance since last October and could produce a remarkable battle with Magical on Wednesday.
Also ridden by the most successful jockey at Ascot, Frankie Dettori, Stradivarius is another star to watch this week. The five-year-old has an outstanding record and will be hoping to win the Gold Cup on Thursday for a second time.
Dee Ex Bee
Another Gold Cup runner, Dee Ex Bee could challenge the fancied Stradivarius on Thursday after some consistent form. The four-year-old has placed in the top four in his previous six races.
Nayibeth will be hoping to land Wesley Ward’s first win in the Albany Stakes on Friday. The two-year-old looks set to be one of the stars of the week following his impressive recent form.
The final day of the meet could see City Light light up the course in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes. The French runner has had some strong course form in recent months and looks set to be another who could impress the Ascot crowd.