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3.40 ASCOT: King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes

Older horses have a poor recent record in this classy contest so we can overlook the chances of Poet’s Word and Desert Encounter, who is also too low on official ratings for this.

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That last comment also applies to Rostropovich who looks a little out of his depth.

Nine of the past 10 winners had scored over the 1m4f distance so Salouen is crossed out on that trend.

It’s best to have been in the placings last time out, so Hydrangea appears to have a mountain to climb after finishing eighth.

Although favourites haven’t farmed this race, it normally goes to one nearer the front of the market than Coronet who also joins the cross-outs.


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That leaves us with a straight battle between CRYSTAL OCEAN and Cracksman. The latter will only run if the heavens open and he’s coming here under a bit of a cloud after flopping at Royal Ascot last time.

He does have a big tick in that John Gosden has won this three times in the past seven years but there are still too many questions to answer.

So we’ll go with Sir Michael Stoute’s runner who has just one question to answer having not previously won a Group 1 race.

He was beaten by half a length in last year’s St Leger and has looks capable of winning in this class.

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