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No/Draw/Horse (days since last run)
Age colour sex, Sire - Dam (Damsire)
15 Ahern (GB)
2 ch c Dutch Art - Petra Nova (First Trump)
15 Qatar Racing Limited
J P Spencer
T D Barron
Foaled 19 Feb. Half-brother to Mey Blossom, won seven times at 5f. A winner at 5f on good to soft ground. Finished 2 1/2l behind Reckless Abandon when fifth of 11 at 5-1 on his latest outing in the Group 2 Norfolk Stakes at Ascot over 5f (good to soft) last month.
27 Alhebayeb (IRE)
2 gr c Dark Angel (IRE) - Miss Indigo (Indian Ridge)
12 Mr Hamdan Al Maktoum
Foaled 27 Mar. Half-brother to Humidor, won six times at 5f and 6f. A winner at 5f on good ground. Beaten 1/2l by Hototo when second of 23 at 12-1 on his latest outing at Ascot over 5f (good) last month.
34 Birdman (IRE)
2 b c Danehill Dancer (IRE) - Gilded Vanity (IRE) (Indian Ridge)
311 Mr Anthony Hogarth
D M Simcock
Foaled 3 May. Successful twice at 6f on good to firm and heavy ground. Won on his latest outing when 11-8fav at Chepstow over 6f (heavy) last month, beating Fortinbrass by 3 1/2l. Has also won at Brighton this season.
42 Chilworth Icon (GB)
2 b c Sixties Icon - Tamara Moon (IRE) (Acclamation)
M R Channon
Foaled 8 May. He has won three times from 5f to 6f on ground varying from good to firm to good to soft. A winner in the Group 3 Milan at Milan over 6f (good) earlier this month, beating Tiger Day by a neck. Has won 3 times this season.
51 Gale Force Ten (GB)
2 b c Oasis Dream - Ronaldsay (Kirkwall)
312 Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith & Mrs John Magnier
R L Moore
A P O'Brien
Foaled 20 Feb. A winner at 6f on soft ground. Beaten 3/4l by Reckless Abandon when second of 11 at 8-1 on his latest outing in the Group 2 Norfolk Stakes at Ascot over 5f (good to soft) last month.
63 Heavy Metal (GB)
2 b c Exceed And Excel (AUS) - Rock Opera (SAF) (Lecture (USA))
81120 Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum
Foaled 4 Apr. Successful at 5f and 6f on good to firm and good to soft ground. Beaten 10l behind Dawn Approach at 20-1 when 11th of 22 on his latest outing in the Group 2 Coventry Stakes at Ascot over 6f (good) last month. Has won at Newmarket and Brighton this season.
76 Lewisham (GB)
2 b c Sleeping Indian - Almunia (IRE) (Mujadil (USA))
23 Wilmott, Austin & Power
Foaled 20 Apr. Dam unraced. Placed in both starts. Third of 15 behind Kimberella beaten 1 3/4l at 11-2 on his latest outing at Doncaster over 6f (good to soft) last month.
89 Sir Prancealot (IRE)
2 b c Tamayuz - Mona Em (IRE) (Catrail (USA))
114 Mr Andrew Tinkler
Foaled 14 Apr. Successful at 5f and 6f on good to firm and good to soft ground. Finished 3 1/2l behind Dawn Approach when fourth of 22 at 3-1fav on his latest outing in the Group 2 Coventry Stakes at Ascot over 6f (good) last month. Has won at Sandown and Bath this season.
98 Smoothtalkinrascal (IRE)
2 b c Kodiac - Cool Tarifa (IRE) (One Cool Cat (USA))
S W Kelly
B J Meehan
Foaled 14 Apr. A winner at 5f on good to soft ground. Beaten 3 1/2l behind Hototo at 9-1 when eighth of 23 on his latest outing at Ascot over 5f (good) last month.
Fiercely competitive fare in which advised stakes should be kept to a minimum. Royal Ascot appears to have thrown up plenty of pointers and on the basis of its Group 2 classification, the Norfolk Stakes is expected to provide the winner in the shape of GALE FORCE TEN. The Ballydoyle representative finished second overall (Ahern back in fifth) but 'won' his race on the far side, keeping on well in the closing stages to suggest this extra furlong would be ideal if avoiding another track bias. Windsor Castle second Alhebayeb shaped as if 6f would be right up his street and looks the main danger as Sir Prancealot failed to land a blow in the closing stages over this trip when fourth in the Coventry and Chilworth Icon, fifth in the Chesham, has only recently returned from a successful raid in Italy and may need a shade more time to get over those exertions.