Having sparkled on its debut last year, the 2016 Commonwealth Cup looks set to be a highlight of Royal Ascot.
The horses will thunder down the course at 15:40 on Friday, each vying to be the first to complete the race and win the prize.
It is only the second time the race has been run since its inauguration in June 2015. This year’s racecard will ensure today's race is just as exciting as the first, which was won by Charles Hills’ Muhaarar.
It was Queen Anne who first saw the potential for a racecourse at Ascot, and the first race meeting was held there in 1711, the year in which the building of Marlborough House in London – now Commonwealth Headquarters - was completed.
Over the past 300 years, Ascot has established itself as a national institution, and the ultimate stage for the best racehorses in the world.
Bringing a special Commonwealth focus to the day, the Commonwealth Cup is a Group 1 sprint race. Run over a distance of six furlongs, it is open to three year old colts, geldings and fillies and is the only Group 1 flat race in the UK exclusively for three-year-olds that allows geldings to compete.
The Rt Hon Patricia Scotland, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth of Nations said: "In advancing the values of the Commonwealth Charter, our 53 member states achieve practical impact in the lives and livelihoods of all our citizens by working together towards excellence and inclusiveness.
"Royal Ascot has long been a byword for excellence, and the Commonwealth Cup, open to fillies, colts and geldings, is a pleasing reminder of inclusiveness and gender equality!"
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