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Your guide to the Royal Ascot 2019

YOUR GUIDE TO ROYAL ASCOT 2019: The royal runners, overseas challengers and potential milestones at this year’s royal meeting

  • The Royal Ascot is the most prestigious horse racing events of the year
  • This year’s royal meeting gets underway on Tuesday and runs until Saturday
  • We bring you the perfect guide, including royal runners and potential milestone

Royal Ascot 2019 is the most prestigious horse racing events of the year – and it’s coming soon.

This year’s Royal Ascot starts on Tuesday, June 18 and ends on Saturday, June 22.

Here, Sportsmail brings you the prefect guide for the royal meeting. 

Sportsmail brings you the perfect guide for royal meeting with Ascot races staring this week

ELECTOR (Royal Hunt Cup, Wednesday)

Trained by Sir Michael Stoute, Elector finished seventh in last year’s King Edward VII Stakes. A comeback win at Newmarket last month was encouraging; an unplaced effort at Epsom’s Derby meeting less so.

SENIORITY (Royal Hunt Cup)

The William Haggas-trained gelding was eighth in this race last year. He didn’t thrive racing in Dubai in the winter but ran credibly from a difficult draw at Epsom last tme.

MAGNETIC CHARM (Coronation Stakes, Friday)

Also trained by William Haggas. The filly, who won a decent race on her York comeback, is a nice prospect who likes fast ground but she’s in at the deep end here.

Sir Michael Stoute trained Elector pictured running as Newmarket back in May of this year

OVERSEAS CHALLENGERS

Imprimis (US) (King’s Stand Stakes, Tuesday)

Heads to Royal Ascot on the back of a neck win from Bound For Nowhere (last year’s Diamond Jubilee Stakes third) and considered one of America’s best turf sprinters. Frankie Dettori has been booked by trainer Joe Orseno.

Enzo’s Lad (NZ) (King’s Stand Stakes)

A big outsider but many will be rooting for the speedster saddled by Michael Pitman, the trainer who has overcome tribulations including cancer, losing a leg, and his youngest son taking his own life.

Houtzen (Australia) (King’s Stand Stakes)

The filly has come up short every time she’s been tried at Group One level and seems unlikely to add to her country’s four wins in this race.

Deirdre (Japan) (Prince of Wales’s Stakes, Wednesday)

Ascot have moved the race forward so it can be shown in Japan before midnight. A Group One winner in 2017 but plenty to find on her recent form.

Frankie Dettori has been booked by trainer Joe Orseno to ride Imprimis at King’s Stands Stakes

City Light (France) (Diamond Jubilee Stakes, Saturday)

Second in the race last year behind Merchant Navy and given a much more targeted preparation this year by trainer Stephane Wattel.

Lim’s Cruiser (Sing) (Diamond Jubilee Stakes)

A dual champion sprinter in Singapore who’ll be ridden for trainer Stephen Gray by two-time Singapore champion jockey Vlad Duric. The six-year-old is surely out of his depth here though.

Nayibeth (US) (Albany Stakes, Saturday)

Looks one of the picks of a strong team for trainer Wesley Ward as he tries to add to his 10 Royal meeting wins. Impressive scorer in her only start at Keeneland.

POTENTIAL MILESTONES

  • Aidan O’Brien has been the meeting’s top trainer for the last four years and if he extends his winning sequence he will have 10 Top Trainer titles.
  • Trainer John Gosden needs three wins this week to take him to 50 Royal Ascot successes.
  • Ryan Moore (53 wins) is seven behind Frankie Dettori. It’s a big gap, but in a bad week for the Italian and a good one for Moore it could happen. Don’t forget, Moore had a record-equalling nine wins in 2015.

Ryan Moore could equal Dettori’s win record at Ascot if he has a good week and the latter bad


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