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    19 June 2023

    Excitement builds for Day 2 of the Royal Ascot races with final fields announced

    The Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot: A Battle of Titans

    Wednesday’s highlight race at the iconic Royal Ascot will see three exceptional horses – Adayar, Luxembourg, and Bay Bridge – competing in the prestigious Prince of Wales’s Stakes. Despite Desert Crown not being able to participate this year, spectators can still expect a thrilling showdown with these elite runners.

    Adayar is one horse that has been on everyone’s radar since his win at Epsom Classic earlier this year. The Charlie Appleby-trained colt proved his mettle once again with an impressive performance in the Gordon Richards Stakes held at Newmarket.

    Luxembourg is another worthy contender for the title. Owned by Aidan O’Brien, Luxembourg won Tattersalls Gold Cup held at Curragh by leading from start to finish. Sir Michael Stoute’s Bay Bridge also poses a significant threat as he defeated Adayar in last year’s Champion Stakes hosted at Ascot.

    The Queen Mary: The Battle between American and British Fillies

    Born To Rock (Jane Chapple-Hyam) and Beautiful Diamond (Karl Burke) are among the top contenders for victory in the Queen Mary stakes. However, it would be interesting to watch American fillies like Bundchen (Wesley Ward) and Crimson Advocate (George Weaver), who could cause some disruption on British soil.

    Royal Hunt Cup: Dettori set to ride Reach For The Moon

    In one of Wednesday’s most exciting races -Royal Hunt Cup- renowned jockey Frankie Dettori will carry King and Queen silks aboard John and Thady Gosden-trained Reach For The Moon. It could turn out to be a memorable day for Gosdens as they also have Gregory competing in the Queen’s Vase. Richard Kingscote will be riding Circle Of Fire, the royal representative for the race trained by Sir Michael Stoute.

    Laurel to target Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes following late setback

    The much-awaited Duke of Cambridge’s stakes would unfortunately miss out on Laurel due to a last-minute injury. The filly was expected to make an impact and was one among the top contenders until this unforeseen event occurred. Although it is frustrating news, Juddmonte (the owners) are looking forward to her next outing at Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes scheduled for July 14th at Newmarket Festival. Barry Mahon – European racing manager for Juddmonte expressed his disappointment but confirmed that putting horse welfare first is paramount.

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