Royal Ascot 2018 Race Cards
Royal Ascot has something for everyone, even if you're a racehorse. There are races at Royal Ascot for two-year-olds, like the Albany Stakes and Coventry Stakes, all the way up to the Ascot Stakes which tends to attract a few hurdlers. Form students at Royal Ascot take particular notice of the handicaps, such as the Royal Hunt Cup, the Britannia Stakes, the Duke of Edinburgh and, the betting highlight for many, the Wokingham Stakes.
PRINCE OF WALES'S STAKES (Group 1) (1)
With 18 Group races (eight of those at Group 1 level) spread across the five days of Royal Ascot, it is not uncommon to see previous winners come back year after year. Might we see Big Orange and Order of St George lock horns once again in the Gold Cup? Or will The Tin Man, who powered home to win the Golden Jubilee, return to defend his sprinters’ crown in 2018?
Distance : 9f 212y Age : 4yo + Prize : £750000 Going: Good to Firm (Watered)
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CLIFFS OF MOHER (IRE)
J: Ryan Moore
T: Aidan O'Brien, Ireland
Runner-up in last season's Derby. Back to winning ways in Naas Group 2 last month and 2 lengths second to stablemate Lancaster Bomber in Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh since.
J: Frankie Dettori
T: John Gosden
Outstanding winner of Champion over C&D in October and returned with another easy win at Longchamp. Only scrambled home in Coronation Cup since but there were mitigating circumstances. Hard to beat.
DESERT ENCOUNTER (IRE)
J: Jamie Spencer
T: David Simcock
Excellent third in the Eclipse last summer. Shaped as if back in form when 4½ lengths third to reopposing Poet's Word in Brigadier Gerard last time but place probably best he can hope for here.
J: Oisin Murphy
T: Martyn Meade
Deauville Group 2 winner last August. Also acquitted himself well at the highest level in 2017 but does need to shrug off a poor return at Chester (found post-race to have a fibrillating heart).
J: William Buick
T: Charlie Appleby
Better than ever when all-the-way winner of Group 1 Sheema Classic at Meydan in March but ran poorly behind Cracksman in Coronation since. First-time blinkers replace his usual cheekpieces now.
POET'S WORD (IRE)
J: James Doyle
T: Sir Michael Stoute
Second to Cracksman in Champion over C&D last year. Has returned in good form, winning Brigadier Gerard at Sandown last time. Could be the one to follow the favourite home again.
ROYAL JULIUS (IRE)
J: Gerald Mosse
T: J. Reynier, France
French-trained gelded who is capable of smart form at his best (Italian Group 2 winner last time) but surely biting off a bit more than he can chew in this company.
CRACKSMAN certainly wasn't at his brilliant best in the Coronation Cup at Epsom but he still got the job done and this track, where he was so impressive in the Champion, is expected to see him in a much better light. Recent Brigadier Gerard winner Poet's Word followed the selection home in the Champion and could be the one for the forecast spot again.