Royal Ascot – preview Day Two

So You Think is a red-hot favourite to land his first British Group 1 when he faces six rivals in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot on Wednesday.

Generally a 1-2 chance, the ex-Australian five-year-old has created a huge impression since switching to Aidan O’Brien’s Ballydoyle powerbase in Ireland, winning the Tattersalls Gold Cup by four and a half lengths last time out.

Formerly with Bart Cummings Down Under, that was his sixth success at the top level in his career so far. The in-form Ryan Moore, favourite to be leading jockey at the meeting, rides for the second time.

Leading the opposition is the Elie Lellouche-trained French raider Planteur, winner of the Prix Ganay in April under Christophe Soumillon.

Soumillon is unbeaten in two starts on the four-year-old and keeps the ride.

Godolphin saddle the Mahmood Al Zarooni-trained Dubai Sheema Classic winner Rewilding, with Frankie Dettori taking the mount, as well as Arlington Million winner Debussy.

The gallant Twice Over, beaten a length when fourth in 2009 and half a length when runner-up 12 months ago, bids to make it third time lucky for the Sir Henry Cecil team.

O’Brien is also represented by Jan Vermeer while Roger Varian’s Sri Putra completes the line-up in the QIPCO British Champions Series contest.

Two Group 2’s support the Prince of Wales’s Stakes, at 3.05pm the £100,000 Windsor Forest Stakes for fillies is run over a mile (1600 metres) and at 5pm it’s the girls again in the five-furlong (1000 metres) £75,000 Queen Mary Stakes for two-year-olds.

The most competitive race looks to the £100,000 Royal Hunt Cup, a one-mile (1600 metres) handicap, due off at 4.25pm.

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