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Royal Ascot Ultimate Guide - 2019-06-06

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The six-million dollar questions

TUESDAY 3.40 KING’S STAND STAKES

TOM WARD

Can Battaash add to his Group 1 tally? The 2017 Prix de l’abbaye winner has been something of a yo-yo throughout his 16-race career, with performances of sheer brilliance peppered with disappointments leaving punters and connections confused. Second behind Blue Point in this race last season, the fiveyear-old returned to action in 2019 with a blazing display in the Temple Stakes at Haydock and, if replicating that here, will be very difficult to stop. Will Blue Point join select group of sprinters? Since 1991 only three horses (Elbio, Equiano and Sole Power) have won the King’s Stand more than once. Two subsequent disappointments after his victory in this last year raised concerns of inconsistency, yet three successive Group-level wins at Meydan, concluding with the Group 1 Al Quoz Sprint, showed this five-yearold to be in better shape than ever.

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