Order Of St George suffered heartache in the final strides of last year’s Gold Cup at Royal Ascot, but can regain his crown on day three of the feature meeting.
Aidan O’Brien’s six-year-old found Big Orange a short head too good in the two-and-a-half-mile showpiece and had to hand over the title he had claimed the previous year.
Wild Illusion has similarly clear-cut claims in the Ribblesdale Stakes after finding only Forever Together too good in the Oaks at Epsom.
She did not have sufficient pace to grab the favoured rail that day and merely kept on for second, but it was a fine run.
Vintage Brut can strike a blow for the north in the opening Norfolk Stakes.
Trained by Tim Easterby, this super-sharp Dick Turpin colt was a seven-length winner on his debut at Thirsk before following up in the National Stakes at Sandown last time.
Wadilsafa is the pick in the Hampton Court Stakes after reversing last year’s form with the well-regarded Herculean on his only start so far this term.
First Eleven – a Frankel half-brother to Kingman – has been attracting the headlines ever since his racecourse debut and can start to live up to his pedigree with victory in the King George V Stakes.
Josephine Gordon can secure a landmark first Royal Ascot victory as Corrosive makes plenty of appeal after sneaking in at the bottom of the field for the Britannia Stakes.
Ffos Las: 6.10 Nikki Steel, 6.40 Jeu De Mots, 7.15 As You Like, 7.45 King Vince, 8.15 Bodega, 8.45 Havisham, 9.15 Borak.
Leopardstown: 6.00 Decisive Action, 6.30 Mohawk, 7.05 Dawn Trouper, 7.35 Point Zero, 8.05 Mazzuri, 8.35 Clique, 9.05 Camile.
Lingfield: 5.50 Secret Agent, 6.20 Just Us Two, 6.50 Roxy Art, 7.25 Peggie Sue, 7.55 Stosur, 8.25 Irish Times, 8.55 Midnight Blue.
Ripon: 2.10 Dreamseller, 2.40 Pearl Noir, 3.20 Braemar, 3.55 Lamloom, 4.35 Graceful Art, 5.10 Racemaker, 5.40 Blue Havana.
Chelmsford: 1.45 Royal Guild, 2.20 Sanam, 2.55 Victory Wave, 3.30 Nathan, 4.05 Shailene, 4.45 Rustang, 5.20 Lalania.
Royal Ascot: 2.30 Vintage Brut, 3.05 Wadilsafa, 3.40 Wild Illusion, 4.20 ORDER OF ST GEORGE (NAP), 5.00 Corrosive, 5.35 First Eleven.