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    18 June 2023

    Unveiling the Participants of the Royal Ascot Race by King’s Court

    Circle of Fire Set to Blaze at Royal Ascot

    The upcoming Royal Ascot has got everyone on the edge of their seats, and for good reason. One particular horse that’s been making waves is none other than Circle of Fire, a three-year-old runner under Sir Michael Stoute. Despite only finishing third in the Lingfield Derby Trial on just his second Classic run, this unexposed Almanzor colt has already caught the eye of many racing enthusiasts.

    The Queen’s Vase or King Edward VII Stakes?

    Circle of Fire may be young and relatively inexperienced, but he’s already being considered for two major races at Royal Ascot – Wednesday’s Queen’s Vase over one mile and three-quarters or Friday’s King Edward VII Stakes over a mile and a half. The decision isn’t set in stone yet as connections are still weighing up their options with this budding star.

    According to John Warren, racing and bloodstock adviser for the King and Queen: “We are going to look at the King Edward VII for Circle Of Fire because Sir Michael Stoute holds him in high regard. We think he is a stamina horse.”

    He added: “He is a galloper and there is great temptation to go for the Queen’s Vase…Hopefully he is a horse on the up…we hope he has bright future”

    A Rare Prospect

    If both horses get through screening Market Value will also enter into Queens vase while trained by William Haggas daughter Siyouni out of Estimate who made history winning Gold Cup ten years ago could make it an interesting race if both horses compete against each other.


    “We have made an entry for Market Value in the Queen’s Vase,” said Warren. “She is a filly who is only just coming to hand now. She is totally unexposed and she is only rated 82, so you could argue that on face value, she shouldn’t be qualified for anything at the moment.”

    “This is the only real race for her and we are going to take it to the wire and see if she does get in…So, we have potentially two for the Vase.”

    Will Market Value Live up to Her Name?

    Market Value has had less experience than Circle of Fire but has improved with each outing. In her second run this term, this three-year-old filly comfortably won by three-and-a-half lengths in a fillies’ maiden at Ripon.


    If William Haggas decides that Market Value will compete alongside Circle of Fire, it would be interesting as Estimate’s daughter – a Gold Cup winner herself – takes on royalty once again after making history ten years ago.

    A Race Full of Surprises

    The upcoming races at Royal Ascot certainly look like they’re full of surprises! With these budding stars ready to make their mark on one of racing’s biggest stages, all eyes will be glued to what happens next. Will Circle Of Fire live up to his potential? Will Market Value show us why she deserves more recognition?

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