17:00 Royal Ascot Sat 22 June 2019
Winner of this race last year but well beaten in Group class subsequently. Still above that last winning mark on his return here but has won when fresh on his last two reappearances so can't be ruled out.
Won twice in France for Andre Fabre. Didn't need to improve on debut for this yard when winning at Thirsk but well beaten in Listed class last time. Likely to need a career best from this sort of handicap mark.
Course winner who ran some huge races in handicaps last year including here. Gained a second course win on return here last time out at 7f and interesting now dropped to this trip for the first time. Solid each-way claims.
Group 3 C&D winner. Talented performer on his day and a stiff 6f is probably ideal. Struggling badly in three runs this year though and looks avoidable at present. Wears first-time cheekpieces.
Hasn't won since his second start back in 2017. Capable off this sort of handicap mark having been largely campaigned at a higher level though and fifth in the Commonwealth Cup at this meeting last year. Interesting runner.
A seven-time winner on turf and last year's Ayr Gold Cup winner (deadheat) but below form on both runs this campaign. Probably wants very soft ground to be seen at his very best.
5f course winner last year and stays this trip well. Only 4lb above his last winning handicap mark and tends to run well here, even in defeat. Interesting runner if he comes on for his reappearance at Windsor.
Has won three races in Argentina over the minimum trip and Group 1 placed in December. Hard to equate that form to European racing but the handicapper wouldn't appear to have taken any chances.
Won three of his eight starts last year and showed he's capable from this sort of handicap mark when third of 21 at York at 50/1 two starts back. Didn't back that up next time though and this is probably his toughest test from this sort of mark.
Consistent sort who has already won twice this season. Let the winner get away on the front end at Epsom last time and not ruled out given his trainer's ability to keep on eking out improvement.
Progressive for his new yard at the start of last year, winning three races and came on from his reappearance when fourth of 19 at York last time; may be able to resume progress here.
Has won exclusively on AW to date and having had eight runs on turf, hard to fancy here, particularly after a disappointing run here over 7f last time.
Kept busy last year and rewarded with three wins including a Curragh success from a 1lb lower handicap mark. Has run well in defeat in two starts since returning to the UK and his hold up style is ideally suited to this 6f; fascinating contender.
Both wins have come on AW and too keen at Epsom earlier this month. Best effort on turf came over C&D when fourth in last year's Commonwealth Cup so not without some hope if the return to Ascot sparks a revival.
Course winner. Third in a Group 1 at 5f here back in 2015. Put up a big effort when winning by 6L on his reappearance at Nottingham and only has a 5lb penalty to cope with for that. Better over 5f though and stiff finish could catch him out here.
Group 2 winner as a juvenile back in 2015. His only success since came over the minimum trip here last year but well beaten in a trio of races this time around and still above his last winning handicap mark.
Won three times last year including a Listed race at Newmarket and went close on her reappearance in a Group 3 company. Bombed out in a Listed race at Haydock last time out but likely capable in a handicap from this sort of mark.
Won four times last year and has run well in some big field handicaps. Well beaten on reappearance but not disgraced in Listed class at Windsor and may have one in her from this sort of handicap mark if she can take another step forward.
Much more effective on AW than turf and has plenty to prove on this surface at present from this sort of handicap mark. Performed okay in two previous efforts here and rider's 5lb claim should help.
On a losing run prior to this season but very impressive when bolting up in a 21-runner handicap at York last time. 8lb rise perfectly fair and may yet have more to give. High draw could be beneficial.
Rattled off a hat-trick on AW towards the end of last year but winless in 10 starts on turf and tailed off at Newmarket last time. Ascot debut and feasibly handicapped if he takes to this course on his trainer's final runner before retirement.
Stiff 6f is ideal and very unlucky when just failing to get up on reappearance at Newmarket (met trouble in running). No match for a well-handicapped sort next time at that venue but beat the rest of the field and the third has won since.
Got his head back in front at Goodwood in May 2018 and has run some eye-catching races in defeat since. Well below form on return to turf last time but this rider's 7lb claim will help and he's not without each-way claims from this mark.
A seven-time winner who has won three of his last four starts. Likes to dominate from the front though, as seen at Epsom last time out. Won't find it as easy this time with a 5lb penalty to carry in a big field.
Group 2 winner at Maisons-Laffitte in 2017 but hasn't won since and well below form in two starts this season. Hard to fancy.
Ended a long losing run that went back to 2016 at Doncaster last time out. Very well-handicapped if he can build on that from just 3lb higher in the handicap and had previously shaped with promise at Chester; interesting from bottom-weight.
Last Year's Winner
|T: B J MeehanJ: Jim Crowley|
Cape Byron (7/2), Danzeno (7/1), Hey Jonesy (17/2), Summerghand (12/1), Gunmetal (12/1), Bacchus (12/1), Tis Marvellous (14/1), Recon Mission (14/1), Vanbrugh (16/1), Stone Of Destiny (16/1), Southern Horse (16/1), Spring Loaded (16/1), Lake Volta (20/1), Watchable (20/1), Foxtrot Lady (20/1), Cenotaph (20/1), Gifted Master (20/1), Soldier's Minute (22/1), Intisaab (25/1), Merhoob (25/1), Alba Power (25/1), Perfection (28/1), Baron Bolt (33/1), Raucous (50/1), Sir Maximilian (50/1), Fighting Irish (50/1), Straight Right (50/1), Marnie James (66/1), Corinthia Knight (66/1)
- Sir Maximilian
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