Royal Ascot is a showpiece of the best flat talent on display around the world, with stars from as far as the USA and Australia coming across to compete in five days of top class action. The meeting usually uncovers, showcases and cements some potential stars, with horses like Frankel and Black Caviar both showcasing their incredible talent at the meeting in years past. 2017 will be no different with a mix of horses who have the potential to be stars and potential stars who will be looking to cement themselves.
Fairyland – Queen Mary Stakes / Albany Stakes
Wesley Ward won the Queen Mary last season with the oh so impressive performance of Lady Aurelia and he sends over another filly with the potential to be a star. She has been seen a race track once in her career, competing in a maiden at Keenland where she cleared away in impressive style and that perhaps is an ominous sign for her rivals as Lady Aurelia came over after a very similar performance. She looks to be a potential star in the making and a win in either contest would set her on the path to greatness.
Ribchester – Queen Anne Stakes
One of the best three year old’s last season for Richard Fahey and Godolphin, the son of Iffraaj has already amassed a whopping £1,500,000 in prize money and that tally is likely to be increased after this contest. Already a multiple Group 1 winner, he returned this season when making a mockery of the Lockinge field at Newbury in March despite his pacemaker missing the break. It’s very hard to see him getting beaten in this contest and he’s likely to return to Ascot in October for British Champions Day, with this run in the Queen Anne likely to cement his place as a star of a generation.
Churchill – St James Palace Stakes
Workmanlike is the best way to describe the three year old son of Galileo, who has won all seven of his races since debut for Aidan O’Brien including four Group 1’s in a row. Winning both the English and Irish 2000 Guineas this season to follow up his Dewhurst win at Newmarket, a win in this race would cement his legacy. He doesn’t win over punters in the respect that he doesn’t stride clear as many would, but his class cannot be denied and it’s hard to see him being beaten on his quest for a fifth straight Group 1.
Caravaggio – Commonwealth Cup
Winner of the Coventry Stakes at this meeting twelve months ago, Aidan O’Brien’s three year old son of Scat Daddy has won all five of his runs for connections and a second Group 1 would cement him as a class horse of his generation. His impressive victory twelve months ago already proved he was a class above in the two year old sprinting division last season and his return when scorching away to win at Naas showed he was in just as brilliant order for his second Royal Ascot tilt. This is his toughest test yet and if passing it with flying colours, it’s hard to argue he isn’t a star.
Time To Study – Queen’s Vase / King George V Stakes
Although with two entries, Mark Johnston’s three year old is more than likely to be heading to the Group 2 Queen’s Vase and after his previous performance, that is not surprising. A progressive son of Motivator, he won the Edinburgh Cup on his latest start when knuckling down for a game performance over the Queen’s Vase distance. There is likely much more to come from him at this distance and he has the potential to become a very talented stayer for connections in time, with that previous effort assuring his stamina and showing his brilliant attitude to the job.
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