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Royal Ascot Ultimate Guide - 2019-06-06

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The six-million dollar questions

WEDNESDAY 4.20 DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE STAKES

TOM WARD

Can O’brien Fly again at Ascot? An admirable filly but I Can Fly has found life tough in Group 1s since she finishing a neck second to Roaring Lion on soft ground over a mile here on British Champions Day. That said, this daughter of Fastnet Rock looks tailor-made for this Group 2 and could prove the class act after a good sixth behind Mustashry in the Lockinge. She does have other options, but she may be limited to a supporting role in a Group 1, whereas she would likely be O’brien’s first-string here. Can Veracious be more veracious? A frustrating seasonal reappearance at Newmarket advertised the paradoxical nature of this Frankel filly. Travelling better than any of her five rivals in the Group 2 Dahlia Stakes, she eased into a winning position under Ryan Moore before seemingly emptying and finishing fourth, and she put in a similar performance when third in the Princess Elizabeth Stakes. An excellent third behind Alpha Centauri in the Coronation Stakes last season proved she is capable of keeping tabs with top milers when bringing her A-game.

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