A stellar cast takes center stage this afternoon for what promises to be an epic renewal of the Qipco King George and Queen Elizabeth VI Stakes from Ascot, live on Sky Sports Racing.
3:35 Ascot: Irish Derby hero takes on five in hot King George
Six will post for the summer showpiece across 12 stadiums at the Berkshire venue, with more than £700,000 going towards winning connections.
Irish Derby winner Westover looks set to lead the market for Ralph Beckett’s side, having looked like a star in the making when he arrived at the Curragh last month.
Colin Keane retains the race on the three-year-old, having replaced Rob Hornby after their unlucky third from Derby after finding racing problems.
second oaks Emily Upjohn was also unlucky not to win at Epsom, having stumbled at the start before thundering home to finish a lead behind on Tuesday, which was then well beaten in the Irish Derby.
John & Thady Gosden’s three-year-old was due to race in the Irish Oaks last weekend but was sidelined following travel issues before the race.
The older quartet includes another Gosden horse Mishriffas well as winner of the Arc Torquator Mugroyal ascot hero Broome and winner of Group 1 Pyledriver.
3:00 Ascot – Hunt Cup winner returns to International Stakes
An ultra-competitive field of 22 line ups in the Moët & Chandon International Challenges (3:00)with the winner of the Royal Hunt Cup dark change returning a furlong on a trip to Charlie Hills, with William Buick in the saddle.
A host of well-handicapped opponents line up in opposition, including George Boughey Air To Airby James Fanshawe Costsand Eve Johnson Houghton jumbo.
Andrew Balding Tactical is another of note, with Ryan Moore in the saddle for The Queen, having finished fourth in the Group Two Summer Mile on the same track last time out.
Irish jockey Colin Keane warms up for his ride aboard the King George Chefs-de-chefsucceeding Jamie Spencer for Charlie Fellowes’ team.
2:25 Ascot – German raider Novemba falls in class
Earlier on the card, German trainer Peter Schiergen is once again aiming for another big pot as Ascot with a four-year-old filly Novembawho is queuing in Group three Valiant Stakes at 2:25 a.m.
She falls to this level after finishing a strong fourth in the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes at the royal meeting behind Saffron Beach, but will give weight to some three-year-olds not on display here.
Zanbaqrunner-up in the Sandringham Stakes at Royal Ascot, looks likely to be the favorite of Roger Varian and Jim Crowley, while fellow three-year-old Jumbly also has a decent chance under Sky Sports Racing ambassador Hollie Doyle.
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