Royal Ascot 2017: Saturday 24th June

14:30: Chesham Stakes 7f

September was a most impressive winner of her maiden at Leopardstown just over two weeks ago and this incredibly bred daughter of Deep Impact and Peeping Fawn will be short odds to make it two from two. It will take an amazing performance to beat her.  Nyaleti ran on strongly when making a winning start over 6f at Salisbury and is another promising filly while Masar impressed with his attitude when overcoming trouble in-running to make a successful debut at Goodwood when Bartholomeu Dias was third. John Gosden’s Frankel colt Westerland got off the mark at the second time of asking at Leicester and he should have learnt plenty that day.

15:05: Wolferton Rated Stakes 1 ¼ m

No Irish entries here and the one to concentrate on may be Khairaat who is bound to be popular with his profile and given how impressively he won at Chester last month but a 13lb hike in the weights for that success makes life tougher for him today. He looks a typical Sir Michael Stoute improver. Central Square is lightly raced for his age and made a satisfactory reappearance at Newmarket. He’s probably been aimed at this while Elbereth ran well above expectations when second to Somehow at Newmarket and then fourth in the Coronation Cup at Epsom and would have every chance on that form.

15:40: Hardwicke Stakes (Group 2) 1½m

Idaho and Stellar Mass are both on a bit of a retrieval mission here following below-par efforts last time out. Of the two Idaho looks to have the better chance with this being a drop in class and the fast ground sure to suit. Sir Michael Stoute has an unbelievable record in this race however (7 wins in the last 11 years) and no doubt that the Queen’s horse, Dartmouth, has been aimed at this Royal meeting for some time. The fact that he’s ridden by Ryan Moore (given that Ballydoyle also have a runner) speaks volumes. Wings of Desire had form in Group 1 races last year so will be a threat to all if ready to roll on his first start since August and can fight out second place with Idaho.

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Ryan Moore & Dartmouth

16:20: Diamond Jubilee Stakes (Group 1) 6f

Again no Irish interest in the final Group 1 of the meeting and a fascinating race is in store.  Limato is top-rated in the race and has a lot in hand of the majority of the field but disappointed on his reappearance in Dubai. He won this last year however and this firmer ground ((Soft in Dubai) will be right up his street. The Tin Man is a big danger and will be primed in his attempt to secure a second Group 1. Librisa Breeze likes it here but was beaten fair and square by The Tin Man on his first try over 6f here in the autumn while Magical Memory may be able to reverse his recent Duke Of York form with the benefit of a run.

17:00: Wokingham Stakes 6f

Former Group 1 winner G Force is hugely respected now tackling handicap company and could be one to outrun his odds, while Projection looks nicely handicapped with Kieran Shoemark’s claim taken into account and is owned by the Royal Ascot Racing Club, which suggests that this has been his target all season. Normandy Barriere has been raised a further 4lb since last month’s course and distance victory while Culturati is only four and needed a penalty to get into the race, though bolted up at Newmarket following a lengthy absence and could still be a step ahead of the handicapper.

17:35: Queen Alexandra Stakes 2m, 6f

Thomas Hobson has a strong chance if all is well with him after his devastating Ascot Stakes performance on Tuesday, while Chester Cup first and third, Montaly and Fun Mac, also make appeal along with confirmed stayer Oriental Fox who will love this distance. Us Army Ranger has been placed in a couple of Group 3 races this year and has the highest official rating, though the marathon trip is a total unknown. Qewy was an excellent fourth in last year’s Melbourne Cup and later won a Listed handicap in Australia. He hasn’t run this year but the trip won’t be a problem.

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