Injured Dettori pulls out of Royal Ascot

Injured Dettori pulls out of Royal Ascot

The 2015 Irish Derby victor missed most of last season after suffering a stress fracture but reminded the sport what he was capable of with a commanding display in Dubai in March, when he won the Sheema Classic by two and a quarter lengths.

But I have a feeling that trio are vulnerable for varying reasons.

The heat wave sweeping across Britain has led Royal Ascot organisers to consider relaxing the dress code if conditions become too uncomfortable for spectators at this week's prestigious horse race meeting. He will love the strong pace here and has a decent shout I think.

She topped the ensemble off with a dainty little hat because even if you're a royal, you've still got to be sun smart.

Aidan O'Brien's runner is unquestionably a top performer at 12 furlongs, but he has yet to really establish his Group-One credentials over a mile and a quarter.

Ward is also bullish on looking forward to the chances of the magnificently named filly Happy Like A Fool in the Queen Mary, a race he has won three times. She is the pre-race favorite at 3-1 and will be ridden by jockey Frankie Dettori.

"She hasn't been showing me a lot in the mornings here at Newmarket", Bin Suroor said. She answered those questions when she won at Keeneland.

Six of Ward's seven winners have come in juvenile events for 2-year-olds, the exception being Undrafted in the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes in 2015. Profitable finished second, with Marsha just a head back in third. However, it is basically the evidence of the clock that suggests she is the one most likely to put it up to the American speedster.

I think the Duke Of Cambridge at 15:40 is very hard to call and I can't see a bet.

Jean-Claude Rouget's filly hit the mark in the Coronation Stakes at this meeting a year ago before going on to add the Prix Rothschild to her CV.

Buick said: "I said after the Lockinge he's very versatile".

Dettori says it is "soul destroying as it's the most important week of the year". "In racing, there's no winning post".

Lockinge victor Ribchester is all the rage but it is possible to pick holes in his form and Mutakayyef, who has a good record here, likes fast ground and stays 10f, appeals at 12-1. She is over-priced.

Although comfortable on soft ground, he has won on good-to-firm as well so conditions shouldn't be a problem.

Stoute has the prospect of a good week ahead with Mori in the Ribblesdale, Crystal Ocean in the King Edward VII and The Queen's Dartmouth in the Hardwicke, and just one of those succeeding would take him ahead of Henry Cecil's tally of 75 winners and make him the most successful trainer at the meeting.

With two races on the card for two year olds we may get to see a star of the future today.



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