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Royal Ascot: confirmed runners and riders for the King's Stand Stakes

Blue Point, Battaash and Mabs Cross, last year's 1-2-3 in the King's Stand Stakes, will renew rivalry as they head 12 declarations for the 5f Group 1 contest on the opening day of Royal Ascot.

The Charlie Hills-trained Battaash, an emphatic winner of the Temple Stakes at Haydock last month, will be partnered by Jim Crowley and is the 2-1 favourite to claim a second victory at the top level.

Royal Ascot opening day final fields

Stablemate Equilateral, a neck second to Mabs Cross at Newmarket last time, represents owner Khalid Abdullah.

The Charlie Appleby-trained Blue Point, who finished a length and three-quarters in front of Battaash in last year's race, will bid for a second Group 1 win of the year after his Al Quoz Sprint victory in March.

Mabs Cross, last seen finishing third behind Battaash at Haydock, will be ridden by Paul Mulrennan, while Aidan O'Brien, who has yet to win this contest, is represented by last year's Coventry third Sergei Prokofiev and Cheveley Park Stakes scorer Fairyland.

Signora Cabello, last year's Queen Mary winner, is the mount of Oisin Murphy for trainer John Quinn. She wears blinkers for the first time.

Completing the line-up is the Michael Pitman-trained Enzo's Lad, American raider Imprimis, Judicial, Houtzen and Soldier's Call.

Ascot, picture Liesl King

A field of 16 will go to post for the curtain-raising Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot on Tuesday, including ante-post favourite Le Brivido, Lockinge winner Mustashry, Barney Roy and Laurens. 

No horse has won the race twice since Dean Swift in 1906 and 1907, but last year's hero Accidental Agent will bid for back-to-back successes for Eve Johnson Houghton and Charlie Bishop. 

Last year's form is also represented by Lord Glitters, who was second, and Beat The Bank, who was sixth. 

Godolphin saddle three horses, with 2017 St James's Palace winner Barney Roy favoured in the market. Mythical Magic is Charlie Appleby's other runner, while Dream Castle runs for Saeed Bin Suroor.

The last French-trained winner was Solow in 2015, and Olmedo will bid to give Jean-Claude Rouget a first win in the race.

Royal Ascot opening day final fields

Aidan O'Brien was responsible for the two forfeits as he scratched the two fillies Magical and I Can Fly. The former is expected to go to post for the Prince of Wales's Stakes on Wednesday, while the latter has a Duke of Cambridge entry on the same card.

All 11 runners stood their ground in the St James's Palace Stakes, with the first, second and fourth from the Irish 2,000 Guineas set to do battle again.

Phoenix Of Spain will bid to confirm the Curragh form with last year's champion two-year-old Too Darn Hot and Craven winner Skardu, who was third at Newmarket.

King Of Comedy, who like last year's winner Without Parole won the Heron Stakes on his last start, will be partnered by Adam Kirby, who rode him to win on debut. 

O'Brien runs three in the race, with Derby sixth Circus Maximus dropping four furlongs in trip and wearing blinkers. Van Beethoven and The Irish Rover complete his trio. 

Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere winner Royal Marine also lines up, as well as Bell Rock, Fox Champion and French 2,000 Guineas second Shaman. 

Second favourite Visinari is a notable absentee from the Coventry Stakes. 

The grey was an impressive novice winner at Newmarket on debut and, although last year's winner Calyx took that race before going on to Coventry glory, he looks likely to head to the July festival instead.

 

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