16:20 Royal Ascot Sat 23 June 2018
Won both his races this season, most recently in a Grade 2 at Keeneland. Hard to imagine him improving on his fourth in this race last year but yard's runners always respected at this meeting.
In the form of his life, following up a win in a valuable contest on AW at Lingfield with a Group 3 success at Longchamp last time out. He would still need a huge chunk of improvement to get involved here though on his first try at elite level.
Very impressive when staying on gamely to win at Haydock last time out over 7f and a stiff 6f here ought to suit him even better judged on his form at Meydan this winter. Still on the up at present and not without an each-way squeak.
Won back-to-back Group 1 races in 2017 and returned with a fine win in a York Group 2 last time. There's a slight concern he's yet to win in four starts at this course and he can be a bit quirky so he may be worth opposing in his toughest test yet.
Won a minor race at Naas last year but tends to struggle up at this level. Likely to be in here to ensure a strong gallop for his stablemate and others preferred.
Very useful performer when he gets his conditions, as seen when landing the C&D Group 1 on Champions' Day with a couple of these in behind. However, he's passed over with no forecast of rain around and he's not had a prep for this race.
Easy in the market when winning a Group 2 in impressive fashion at the Curragh last time. Likely to come on plenty for that and won an Australian Group 1 last year but has work on to turn around the form with Redkirk Warrior from two starts back.
Has run some fair races in Group 3 class and not beaten far by The Tin Man and D'bai last time out but that was the former's prep run for this and there's every chance he will struggle to match those rivals this time.
Three-time Group 1 winner in Australia, gaining his third Group 1 at Flemington last time and giving weight and a beating to Merchant Navy. 6f on fast ground is his optimum trip and can't be underestimated with an in-form Dettori taking the ride.
Won a Class 2 at Hamilton last time but he was well beaten by Harry Angel two starts back with the benefit of a run under his belt and has plenty of improvement to find in a deeper contest here.
Won a Group 2 last year. Runner-up behind Merchant Navy last time out but that rival likely to have needed the run and he's going to struggle to reverse that form here in a much deeper race.
Loves this course and gained a second Group 1 C&D success in this race last year. Had a couple of these in behind in a Listed race at Windsor last time but he's in a tougher renewal this time around and others look more likely.
Last Year's Winner
|3||The Tin Man||5||9-3||9/2||Full Result|
|T: J R FanshaweJ: T P Queally|
Harry Angel (5/2), Merchant Navy (4/1), Redkirk Warrior (4/1), The Tin Man (5/1), Librisa Breeze (10/1), City Light (12/1), Bound For Nowhere (16/1), D'bai (20/1), Spirit of Valor (20/1), Projection (25/1), Sir Dancealot (33/1), Intelligence Cross (66/1)
- Redkirk Warrior
- Merchant Navy
- Harry Angel
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