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SIX DAYS UNTIL ROYAL ASCOT | Six Irish-trained runners to watch out for

The Irish Armada make the trip to Berkshire for the five-day meeting at Ascot



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With now less than a week to go, Royal Ascot is now within touching distance for racing fans.

The action kicks off in Berkshire on Tuesday afternoon and concludes at teatime on Saturday.

Several Irish trainers are sending some of their best recruits over the sea to compete at the meeting which is littered with Group contests.

Our team have picked out six Irish-trained runners to keep an eye on during the five-day festival.

Champers Elysees (Johnny Murtagh – Duke Of Cambridge Stakes)

A filly that made rapid progress as a three-year-old, Champers Elysees makes her maiden bow at Ascot in the Group 2 Duke Of Cambridge Stakes.

Johnny Murtagh tasted Group 1 success with Champers Elysees last season

The daughter of Elzaam landed Group 1 honours in the Matron Stakes last season, but she has yet to build on that form this season.

Johnny Murtagh’s recruit should relish the return to better ground here and could well get off the mark this season in this level of company.

Miss Amulet (Ken Conlon – Commonwealth Cup)

After struggling with the difficult conditions in the Irish 1,000 Guineas, Miss Amulet could bounce back to form in the Commonwealth Cup.

Ken Conlon’s filly showed promise as a two-year-old, landing the Lowther Stakes at York before placing in the Cheveley Park Stakes and the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf.

The faster ground here should benefit her and she could produce a big performance here at a current price of 25/1.

Lope Y Fernandez (Aidan O’Brien – Queen Anne Stakes)

Another runner that has proven his love for good ground, Lope Y Fernandez can put his disappointing Lockinge Stakes run behind him with a better performance in the Queen Anne Stakes.

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Aidan O’Brien has several of his best recruits heading to Royal Ascot next week

The four-year-old kicked off this season with a comfortable victory in the Listed Heritage Stakes at Leopardstown in April but struggled with the softer conditions at Newbury on his last outing.

The son of Lope De Vega could return to form here for Aidan O’Brien if he can overturn Palace Pier.

Lucky Vega (Jessica Harrington – St James’s Palace Stakes)

Winner of the Group 1 Phoenix Stakes last season, Lucky Vega will be aiming to claim a first success over a mile in the St James’s Palace Stakes.

Lucky Vega
Lucky Vega will be hoping to claim victory at Royal Ascot

The three-year-old was stepped up to eight furlongs for the first time in the 2,000 Guineas back in May, finishing a respectable third before claiming fourth in the Irish edition three weeks later.

The difficult conditions at the Curragh could have hindered Jessica Harrington’s colt, so he could produce a better performance on nicer ground at Ascot.

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Twilight Payment (Joseph O’Brien – Gold Cup)

A surprise 25/1 winner of the Melbourne Cup back in November, Twilight Payment make the step up to 2m4f for the first time in the Ascot Gold Cup.

Joseph O’Brien’s gelding was always doing enough to land the Group 1 Handicap at Flemington and has shown hints of his ability on his two starts so far this season.

Joseph O'Brien
Joseph O’Brien has several runners heading to Royal Ascot next week

The eight-year-old could well be an undetected threat in this contest if he can stay the distance here.

Yet (Aidan O’Brien – Queen Mary Stakes)

An intriguing two-year-old filly hailing from Aidan O’Brien’s yard, Yet could prove to be a handful on her first start in Grouped company.

The daughter of War Front knuckled down well to snatch victory in a maiden at the Curragh and could have more to offer here.

She showed plenty of pace on her sole start and could well be one to watch out for this season.

Reece Charlton is a Content Writer at Low6 that specializes in horse racing. He is an avid hunter of value in the racing world, picking out longshots six days a week across the National Hunt and Flat cards on offer across the UK and Ireland. He keeps punters and race fans in the know with his racing expertise with previews and value picks for all the big cards and meetings.