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Royal Ascot - Horse Racing: Day Four Preview

Friday at Royal Ascot is all about the fillies as a trio of big races for the fairer sex is headed by the Group 1 Coronation Stakes.


The Commonwealth Cup features the top three-year-old sprinters and we've also got the Albany Stakes and King Edward Stakes.

With the final fields now confirmed, here's our look ahead to day four at Royal Ascot which you can watch via our Sports Live Streaming service.

What: Royal Ascot Four

Where: Ascot, Berkshire

When: 2.30 to 6.10

How to watch: bet365's Sports Live Streaming, ITV and Sky Sports Racing

2.30 - Albany Stakes (Fillies' Group 3, 6f)

Another opening race and another likely favourite for Aidan O'Brien with 9/4 chance Mediate. She's won both starts already, including in this grade at Naas last time but this week began in untypically slow fashion for the Ballydoyle maestro and he's playing catch-up by his own lofty standards.

Coolmore's old foes Godolphin have Mawj at 3/1 with Saeed bin Suroor's impressive Newmarket scorer likely to have plenty more to offer now.

Fully Wet also made a nice impression at Goodwood on debut and is 9/1 to follow up for Team Gosden and Frankie Dettori, while other contenders include York scorer Queen Olly for David Loughnane and dual winner Lady Bullet at 12/1 for Alice Haynes.

3.05 - Commonwealth Cup (Group 1, 6f)

The fastest three-year-olds in the land are expected for this Group 1 sprint and a field of 20 were declared. Last year's Norfolk scorer Perfect Power won the Greenham in April like a sprinter and didn't appear to get home afterwards in the 2000 Guineas. It's no surprise Richard Fahey elects to come back in trip and his charge is 7/2 under regular rider Christophe Soumillon.

El Caballo trades at 5/1 and is something of a winning machine for Karl Burke, making it six on the trot when he took the Group 2 Sandy Lane Stakes at Haydock in May.

Go Bears Go was favourite for that contest and is 9/1 having finished fourth, while first-time blinkers go on 50/1 chance Cadamosto for Aidan O'Brien and Ryan Moore, a close second behind Perfect Power here last summer in the Norfolk but winless since.

3.40 - Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes (Handicap, 1m4f)

Quickthorn beat 13 rivals to win this race a year ago but a field of 19 are in line to contest the prize now.

Amongst those towards the head of the market will be Contact for David Barron, Johnny Murtagh's Mashhoor and Trawlerman for John and Thady Gosden.

Just Fine ran well at York last month for Sir Michael Stoute and is 7/2 to provide a Royal winner with that run behind him, while Hughie Morrison's 16/1 Stay Well is in form and Kim Bailey's Ajero has taken well to racing on the Flat and is 16/1 for a winning handicap bow after a trio of runner-up finishes in novice/maiden company. This extra stamina test should suit him.

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4.20 - Coronation Stakes (Fillies' Group 1, 1m)

Long-time favourite for the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket, a minor setback caused Inspiral to miss out there and John Gosden set this as the new target for the Frankel filly. Unbeaten at two, she is 15/8 to come back with a win now.

Cachet won the Fillies' Classic on the Rowley Mile in her absence and has backed that up with a good run since in the French version. She's 11/2 for George Boughey and James Doyle and likely won't be hanging around when the gates open.

Tenebrism was a disappointing favourite at Newmarket, finishing eighth, and is 12/1 for a dramatic turnaround here for Aidan O'Brien and Ryan Moore.

Sandrine was a winner here last summer and finished fifth in the Guineas. She could have place claims, alongside Discoveries, Jessica Harrington's filly seeking to continue a strong family legacy in this contest.

5.00 - Sandringham Stakes (Fillies' Handicap, 1m)

Another of the testing Royal Ascot handicaps, with a 29-runner field for punters to mull over.

Heredia is 11/2 for Richard Hannon and has won all three starts thus far, including at York last month when overcoming a bit of a nightmare trip to get up and score in the dying strides.

There are lots of chances in a wide open contest of this nature, with Gatecrasher Girl at 20/1 unbeaten in three handicaps so far and perhaps a bit cosy at Doncaster last time. Frankel filly Persist landed a Ripon maiden in good style last month on her comeback and goes handicapping off a mark of 83 for William Haggas, Cieren Fallon and Cheveley Park Stud.

5.35 - King Edward VII Stakes (Group 2, 1m4f)

Just six contenders for this Group 2 over the Derby trip. Lysander is 10/3 for William Haggas, while Ottoman Fleet is 2/1 for Charlie Appleby. The former was a close third in Listed company at Goodwood last time, while the Godolphin inmate won in that grade at Newbury six days earlier.

Changingoftheguard was very impressive in a dominant Chester Vase win at the start of May and ran creditably under similar forcing tactics when fifth since in the Epsom Derby. The cheekpieces he wore there are left off now and, in this lesser company and with Ryan Moore back on board, he looks to have strong claims again at 15/8.

6.10 - Palace Of Holyroodhouse Stakes (Handicap, 5f)

The final act on day four and this will be fascinating to see if 7/1 Ruthin can oblige for Wesley Ward.

The week got off to a disappointing start for the American trainer but this filly ran a decent race in the Windsor Castle here last summer and could have the raw speed to burn them all off.

Karl Burke's Korker is 10/1 to defy the attentions of the handicapper after winning last time at York, while other likely sorts include 14/1 Loves Me Likearock for Charlie Hills and Tippy Toes at 16/1 for Charlie and Mark Johnston as she eases in class having come up shy in a Group 2 at Haydock in May.

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