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Royal Ascot Ultimate Guide - 2019-06-06

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The six-million dollar questions

TUESDAY 2.30 QUEEN ANNE STAKES

TOM WARD

Can Mustashry anoint himself top miler? In a division with a dearth of top-class horses, it would be folly to suggest Mustashry’s decisive victory in the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury was a complete bolt from the blue. Predominantly a handicap operator at three, the six-year-old has progressed through the ranks to pick up a Group 3 and two Group 2s before his maiden Group 1 victory at Newbury. What can we expect from Barney Roy? Barney Roy ended his Classic season with Richard Hannon in 2017 rated 122, with victory in the St James’s Palace Stakes advertising him as one of the best colts of his generation. His return to the track following infertility problems at stud and a gelding operation is one of the more fascinating storylines of the season, and two impressive performances following his 577-day absence have proved that fascination to be more than nostalgia. He has a proven pedigree at the royal meeting and would be one of the most popular winners of the week.

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