Five races on Friday will be screened on BBC, with a Fillies race getting things under way at 2.30 before the King Edward VII Stakes and then the Coronation Stakes, where 12 horses compete in what looks like a wide open encounter.
2.30 Albany Stakes
A six furlong stampede to kick things off on the Friday of Royal Ascot and the best name in the race has to be Run Fat Lass Run which claimed a win at Ripon last month but faces a big step up in class here.
Newfangled is the best-rated charge in the race and the John Gosden-trained runner beat off a fellow American raider at Newmarket a fortnight ago, with Fleeting Smile over four lengths behind which suggests this horse will go off favourite.
Judy in Disguise has three runs under her belt and she claimed two wins before failing as a 15/8 favourite at Beverley, with All on Red probably the most experienced campaigner after getting four runs and two wins under her belt.
3.05 King Edward VII Stakes
Ryan Moore takes the ride of Astrology for this 1 mile four furlong encounter and the three-year-old can currently be backed at 6/4 (Paddy Power free bets), with the Aidan O’Brien-trained runner finishing third in the Derby and just five lengths behind the impressive Camelot.
Astrology doesn’t have any horse of the same calibre to beat this time around, although Noble Mission is a very handy type who was narrowly touched off by Thought Worthy at Newmarket a month ago. Both horses feature in this race and can be backed at odds of 6/1 with bet365.
Shantaram is the other horse which has to be treated with respect and a Maiden Stakes was comfortably won earlier this month although this race will teach us a lot more about his credentials.
3.45 Coronation Stakes
Twelve fillies are entered for the showcase race of Day 4 at Royal Ascot featuring Homecoming Queen who could continue delivering the goods for Aidan O’Brien, withb the trainer having already enjoyed a string of winners at the meeting.
The Irish raider didn’t oblige at favoritism in the Irish 1000 Guineas but could still have the class to shine in this race, although Elusive Kate steps out for the first time in nearly a year and this horse could be really special after a string of wins in 2011 which ended in a disappointing 8th place in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf.
Laugh Out Loud is the other interesting horse in the race, claiming four wins from her last five starts and Frankie Dettori is on board this exciting Mick Channon prospect.