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Royal Ascot

Flat racing’s equivalent to tennis’s Masters is once more upon us. Many of the best horses in training are taking each other on for the first time, providing the sporting fan with great difficulty identifying a potential winner. Here are some thoughts.

Tuesday’s banker should have been Russian Blue in the Coventry Stakes. The unbeaten juvenile is regarded as the best in Ireland. In the Queen Anne, Nurse Dancer poses a big threat to Six Perfections and Lateen Sails if he takes his chance.

On Wednesday, Rakti should have replenished the kitty, ready to plunge on Aidan O’Brien’s one-time hopeful Baraka. The profits could be worse and should be spent on 16-1 shot Ingrandire, trained in Japan, for the showcase Ascot Gold Cup. A little rain would help and insurance presents itself in the form of the Kieren Fallon-ridden Mr. Dinos in the same race.

On Friday, Attraction is guaranteed to recoup any possible losses in the Coronation Stakes and Frankie Dettori should finish the meeting in style aboard Doyen.