Frankie Dettori and John Gosden teamed up for an opening day treble yesterday including Calyx in the Coventry, the new 2,000 Guineas favourite, and Without Parole, who laid down his claim to be European Champion three-year-old miler in the St James’s Palace Stakes.
They team up today with Stream Of Stars in the Queen’s Vase, Cracksman in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes and Purser in the Jersey Stakes. The latter is up against the Royal Ascot Racing Club’s Headway, who is expected to be a lot more effective over seven furlongs today than over the mile of the Guineas last time.
The Queen has Seniority in today’s Royal Hunt Cup, having squeezed into the race late after two withdrawals. At the bottom of the weights, he is expected to run well.
Thursday is all about the Gold Cup – Europe’s championship long distance race (two-and-a-half miles) and it is a vintage renewal, even without the sidelined reigning champion, Big Orange.
2016 winner and 2017 runner-up, Order of St George, is a warm favourite for the Coolmore team, who went home with a very unusual blank yesterday.
Vazirabad has long been the best stayer in France and with the ground ideal, and after two hugely impressive wins recently, including in the Dubai Gold Cup, this could very well be his day.
Gold Cup trial winners Torcedor (Sagaro Stakes) and Stradivarius (Yorkshire Cup) are in opposition. The latter, who won the Queen’s Vase here last year, is stepping into unknown territory at the trip but looks a top class stayer and could well be another on the board for Gosden and Dettori.
The Group Two Ribblesdale Stakes is run over a mile-and-a-half for three-year-old fillies and so is Ascot’s Oaks. Favourite for the race will be Godolphin’s Wild Illusion, who was second in the recent Oaks itself at Epsom. There are still some doubts about her at the trip and that question will be answered tomorrow.