Awtaad: colt beat Galileo Gold in the Irish 2,000 Guineas last time
PICTURE: Alain Barr (racingpost.com/photos)
By James Burn 1:30PM 8 JUN 2016
THE opening day of Royal Ascot on Tuesday, as is often the case, looks set to start with a bang after plenty of the big names were confirmed for the day’s three Group 1 races.
The prospect of a triple-threat clash between Classic winners Galileo Gold, Awtaad and The Gurkha in the St James’s Palace Stakes is alive, while ace US mare Tepin was among 17 horses left in the Queen Anne Stakes.
They included Time Test, a winner at the royal meeting 12 months ago who also has the option of running in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes next week.
Last year’s brilliant Queen Mary winner Acapulco is one of 23 in the King’s Stand Stakes, although she also has the option of running in the Commonwealth Cup.
That is set to be the target for Quiet Reflection, who was as short as 8-1 for the King’s Stand, but will not run.
Prince of Wales’s Stakes update
Confirmations for Wednesday’s Group 1 Prince of Wales’s Stakes will be revealed tomorrow but one name that will not feature is New Bay, who had been a top price of 8-1.
Last year’s Prix du Jockey Club winner finished 15 lengths behind Japanese star A Shin Hikari on his reappearance in the Prix d’Ispahan and was ruled out of a Royal Ascot rematch after failing to please trainer Andre Fabre in his homework.
A Shin Hikari is the general 7-4 favourite, while Time Test is next in the market at a standout 4-1 with William Hill.