Royal Ascot: Day-by-day race highlights from Battaash to Stradivarius


oyal Ascot runs from Tuesday to Saturday with a litany of Group 1 races and some of the best horses in the world, from Battaash on day one to Stradivarius going for a fourth straight Gold Cup win.

Tuesday – 1540 – King’s Stand Stakes

All eyes will be on Battaash, who trainer Charlie Hills is confident will be race fit despite no action on track since August. A winner at Ascot a year ago, Battaash also boasts victories in the King George Stakes at Goodwood and at York.

Wednesday – 1620 – Prince of Wales’ Stakes

This essentially looks a three-way tussle between favourite Love, Lord North and Armory, with the Aidan O’Brien-trained and Ryan Moore-ridden Love the pick of that trio thanks to wins in the 1000 Guineas and Oaks.

Thursday – 1615 – Gold Cup

The flagship race of the week, all eyes will be on Frankie Dettori and Stradivarius, the pair described this week as the “golden boys” of racing by trainer John Gosden. The horse is bidding to emulate Yeats with a quartet of victories in this race.

Friday – 1620 – Coronation Stakes

A sibling of Galileo, Empress Josephine announced herself on the world stage with an upset win in the 1000 Guineas and has been increasingly fancied to topple Aidan O’Brien’s own 1000 Guineas winner in Mother of Earth.

Saturday – 1620 – Diamond Jubilee Stakes

Ed Walker has declared this is the best team of horses he has ever brought to Royal Ascot. Primo Bacio in the previous day’s Coronation Stakes is worthy of a mention but Starman looks the stand-out contender in the final big race of the meeting.

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