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Norfolk Stakes Odds: Whistlejacket the one to beat

The Norfolk Stakes is one of the key juvenile sprints at Royal Ascot, with five-furlongs the journey ahead of some of the fastest two-year-olds around.

Headlining the race is Aidan O'Brien's Whistlejacket, a horse the Ballydoyle handler holds in the highest esteem, while US trainer Wesley Ward is also represented as he bids for a third win in this contest since 2013.

We're taking a look at the contenders for Norfolk Stakes glory at Royal Ascot on Thursday afternoon.

Norfolk Stakes Odds

(Odds will display when market is available)

Whistlejacket

A Top-class prospect for Aidan O'Brien. The trainer suggested he was shocked to see the colt finish only second on debut, though that came behind a quality opponent.

He has since won a Listed race at the Curragh over this 5f trip in fine style, beating Arizona Blaze - a Group 3 winner since that - re-opposes now.

Shareholder

Karl Burke's colt was bought for €460,000 and made a winning start at Beverley (5f, good to firm) this month under James Doyle, showing a willing attitude.

Runner-up Moving Force is better off on these terms, but this colt should be much wiser for that outing.

Arizona Blaze

Adrian Murray's charge was no match for Whistlejacket at the Curragh in a Listed 5f race in May but has won either side of that, latterly in a 6f Group 3 at the Kildare venue.

Stamina is no bad thing for this track but plenty to find with his old foe.

Aesterius

Mehmas colt with a handsome price tag of £380,000, readily made a winning start at Bath (5f, good) in May for Archie Watson, but the form is ordinary and he's going into deeper waters now.

Saturday Flirt

American filly made a winning start at Keeneland in April for Wesley Ward, showing plenty of speed and getting the job done by a wide margin. Trainer has a good record in this race and she's the type to go well.

Loom

Kodiac colt won at the second time of asking in a Ripon novice (5f, good) this month having failed to make much of an impression at York on debut over 6f at the Dante Meeting last month. Much more on his plate in this company.

Milford

Once-raced winner for Karl Burke, scoring at Hamilton (5f, soft) in late May in stylish fashion. That form hasn't worked out especially well.

Trainer had the first/fourth in the Queen Mary here on Wednesday and is adept with precocious sprinters.

Moving Force

Debut winner at Beverley (5f, good to firm) and just failed under a penalty back there this month when run down late by Shareholder.

Was giving the winner 7lb that afternoon and is due plenty of respect for his rematch. Second contender for Richard Fahey.

Rock Hunter

Made a winning debut at Chantilly in April over 5f on heavy ground for Amy Murphy.

Twice second since over C&D in novice company and then in a Sandown Listed contest. Cheekpieces go on now and improvement is called for.

Tropical Storm

Eqtidaar colt has run well in both starts at Newbury and Newmarket, latterly in a decent novice event when just pipped on the line by The Actor.

Couple of next-time-out winners in behind and the winner ran well enough in the Coventry on Tuesday. Only horse in this field without a win.

The Man

Made a winning start in a 5f Southwell novice on the Tapeta in April. That wasn't a bad race for a Class 4 and the form is solid enough, but this is clearly a major step up on turf bow for Richard Spencer and Hollie Doyle.

Binadham

Price tag of £85,000 quite small in comparison to some of these but opened up with a Yarmouth maiden win in April over 5f on fast ground under this rider.

Bred for speed and should come forward on that showing.

Blinky

Well held on debut at Salisbury before narrowly winning a seven-runner Leicester novice on good to soft going in May.

That was a better effort than it looked and he gets Tom Marquand's assistance for this class-rise.

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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