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Albany Stakes Odds: Big guns to collide in Friday's opener

The Albany Stakes is a six-furlong Group 3 contest open to three-year-old fillies and it acts as the curtain-raiser on day four of Royal Ascot 2024, with Coolmore and Godolphin set to butt heads.

Trainer Mick Channon has won the Albany a record three times, with Silca's Gift (2003), Nijoom Dubai (2007) and Samitar (2011), while Jamie Spencer is the leading rider in the race after securing four wins on La Chunga (2005), Nijoom Dubai (2007), Samitar (2011) and Kiyoshi (2013).

This year's race features a pair of top fillies representing Coolmore and Godolphin atop the betting and we're taking a look at the contenders for Albany Stakes glory at Royal Ascot on Friday afternoon.

Albany Stakes Odds

(Odds will display when the market is available)

Fairy Godmother

The Coolmore-owned daughter of Night Of Thunder is trained by Aidan O'Brien, who has two wins in this race.

She was runner-up behind Sparkling Sea in a Naas maiden on debut over this trip in April, but reversed the placings the following month to win a Group 3 over the same C&D. More progress is expected for the top trainer/jockey team.

Mountain Breeze

Winner of Newmarket novice contests over 5f/6f on good ground in May for Charlie Appleby and Godolphin, impressing in both instances as she put daylight between herself and the field.

This Lope De Vega filly is closely related to the yard's champion juvenile of 2019 Pinatubo and she looks exciting.

Heavens Gate

This Churchill filly is a second contender for Aidan O'Brien and the mount of Wayne Lordan.

Second at Navan (5f, yielding) on debut in May and then scored at the Curragh (6f, good) later in that month, beating a stablemate that won next time. Further progress likely when rising in class now.

Burning Pine

Daughter of Nyquist was odds-on and duly won as she pleased on debut at Keeneland over 4½f in April, showing bags of speed.

US trainer Wesley Ward is adept with precocious fillies and she has to be respected, albeit 6f here will test her stamina.

Twafeeg

Ignored in the market, but made every yard for a winning Doncaster debut over 6½f (good) at the start of this month, readily seeing off the market principals in second and third.

That form is solid and she can be expected to show up well for Archie Watson and Hollie Doyle despite a quick rise in grade.

California Dreamer

Went close in a Dundalk maiden over 5f on the Polytrack in April and stepped up on that when third since in a Naas Group 3 over this trip, just a length off Fairy Godmother having led at the furlong pole.

This Mehmas filly is open to further progress here.

Royalty Bay

Kodiac filly who made the perfect start at Ripon (6f, soft) three weeks ago when taking a Class 5 novice in clear-cut fashion.

That form is solid, not spectacular, so a good jump forward will be demanded now.

Hot Darling

Too Darn Hot filly is 2-2 after winning a valuable pot at Chantilly (5f, good to soft) in April and then justifying favouritism in Listed company at Vichy (5f, heavy) last month.

Has to cope with faster ground, an extra furlong and a higher grade now, but she's clearly a talent and Silvestre De Sousa is a positive ally in the saddle for Amy Murphy's challenger.

Liberalised

Hamilton winner on debut this month in a 6f good-ground maiden, justifying market favouritism. Trainer Karl Burke had first and fourth in the Queen Mary here on Wednesday and fires this sole runner here.

Simmering

Only third on debut at York (6f, good to soft) last month, but the winner has added a Group 3 in France since and the form of that Knavesmire contest is very solid.

Olly Sangster's Too Darn Hot filly should progress and now has Jamie Spencer on board seeking a record-extending fifth win in this contest.

Peregrine Falcon

Set the pace before finishing third in a Fairyhouse maiden (6f, good) a fortnight ago on debut. Entitled to come on for that run but will need to do so markedly if she's going to get Emmet Mullins and Colin Keane on the winners' board here.

Convo

Second contender for Amy Murphy and like stablemate Hot Darling has done her running in France so far.

Debut winner at Saint-Cloud (4½f, heavy), but safely held both starts since, latterly in Listed event at Chantilly. Set to encounter much faster conditions now but, again, Tom Marquand is a positive ally in the plate.

Substitute

Ripon novice winner over this trip (good) in May, but was put in her place back there afterwards carrying a penalty and Charlie Johnston's Bungle Inthejungle filly will require a major leap forward if she's to give in-form Oisin Murphy yet another Royal Ascot winner this week.

Cradle Of Love

Yet to win in three Irish starts but competitive in each instance. Runner-up in a Listowel maiden (6½f, good) in first-time cheekpieces this month behind a well-backed newcomer, but this is a world away from the Co Kerry lay-out.

Jayvee

Strong at the finish when scoring at Beverley (5f, soft) on debut in April, but only ninth of 15 in York Listed contest (5f, good) at last month's Dante Festival and a big step forward needed when rising in trip/class.

Kylie Of Lochalsh

Tackled a maiden over 5f (good) at this track last month and was beaten more than seven-lengths in finishing fourth of six behind the Queen Mary fifth Miss Rascal.

Lots more on her plate to try and give Hayley Turner a winner now.

Nad Alshiba Snow

Oasis Dream filly was second in a Beverley novice (5f, good to firm) last month and then fourth in a Conditions race over the same C&D 13 days ago.

The step up in trip may assist, but this is a big ask for Mick Appleby and Rossa Ryan.

This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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