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ROYAL ASCOT PREVIEW | The Diamond Jubilee Stakes

14 runners are declared in the final Group 1 of the meeting at Royal Ascot

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DREAM OF DREAMS (10/3) returns for another crack at the Diamond Jubilee Stakes, with Sir Michael Stoute hoping his gelding will be third time lucky on this occasion at Royal Ascot.

The seven-year-old has finished second in this contest for the past two seasons, being beaten by a head on both occasions.

The son of Dream Ahead has shown his versatility on several ground types over his career, but he is yet to claim success at Ascot and he was a disappointing favourite in the British Champion Sprint Stakes back in October.

Sir Michael Stoute
Sir Michael Stoute will be hoping Dream Of Dreams is third time lucky at Royal Ascot

He looks the one to beat in this contest, but he will need to break his Ascot hoodoo.

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STARMAN’s (9/2) unbeaten record came to an end on Champions Day, but Ed Walker’s colt bounced back to form when winning by a neck in the Duke Of York Stakes at York last month.

The four-year-old has only made five starts to do and could well have more to offer in the long run, which makes him a threat to the fast-finishing Dream Of Dreams.

watch: starman wins the duke of york stakes for ed walker [credit: racing tv]

NAHAARR (9/2) was the unfortunate runner-up behind Starman at York last month, but the five-year-old has shown progress under William Haggas in recent seasons.

The son of Dark Angel will relish the softer conditions in Berkshire due to the recent downpour and he showed a jaw-dropping turn of foot to land the Ayr Gold Cup back in September.

ART POWER (15/2) landed the Palace Of Holyroodhouse Handicap last season and carries soft ground form over this distance for Tim Easterby, while Archie Watson’s GLEN SHIEL (8/1) claimed victory over C&D in the British Champions Sprint Stakes back in October.

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Tim Easterby sends Art Power to Royal Ascot on Saturday

SONAIYLA (14/1) will relish the softer conditions here for Paddy Twomey, while Saeed bin Suroor’s FINAL SONG (18/1) had a successful winter in the Middle East.

Charles Hills holds two entries in the contest, with ROYAL COMMANDO (20/1) returning to Group 1 company and GARRUS (50/1) needing to produce a career-best at this level.

SUMMERGHAND (20/1) continues his remarkable rise out of handicaps under David O’Meara, while Andrew Balding’s HAPPY POWER (33/1) is dropped back down in trip after two heavy defeats to Palace Pier this season.

Richard Fahey’s VENTURA REBEL (33/1), Dominik Moser’s NAMOS (40/1) and Kevin Ryan’s EMARAATY ANA (50/1) complete the field.

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