Royal Ascot always delivers some of the best racing action in the world and this year doesn’t look to be much different.

The Queen Anne gets the meeting underway and while it’s not the most ideal betting proposition, you’d have to think BAAEED   is going to be very, very tough to beat. He was very good last year and I think his Lockinge win on his comeback this year was a coming-of-age victory. It was a very good performance. It’s a small field, so he’s scared a few off, and it should be a formality for him.

This year’s Coventry Stakes could end up being a decent one. As usual, it’s a big field featuring plenty of horses with unblemished records. The two Aidan O’Brien horses are clearly pretty talented, but I’m not sure they’re entirely straightforward, so I’d be looking to take them on. I was impressed with PERSIAN FORCE   when he won the Brocklesby on his debut. He backed that up with a win at Newmarket last time and could just be very good.

We don’t know how good the international runners are, but on the face of it they look pretty strong, don’t they? You know they’ll jump out and blaze the trail, so you’d have to think that MOONEISTA   could run into a place at a big price as she’s drawn close to them and will get a good toe into the race. She ran well at the Curragh last time, but as we've seen before in her races, she didn’t get the fast pace she likes to come off. There’s no doubt she’ll get that here, though.

COROEBUS   is very difficult to oppose in the St James’s Palace. He was good last season and made a great return when he won the English 2000 Guineas. He’s odds-on, so you’d expect punters will be backing him and Baaeed, the two short-priced horses, together.

I put up NEW ENERGY   in the Irish 2000 Guineas and he ran very well, and I think he could run well again. Being from a smaller stable, it’s easy to become overpriced, and that’s what he is right now. Obviously, dropping him in around Ascot will be harder to replicate than at the Curragh, but he’s clearly got plenty of ability.

The Irish have a really strong hand in the Ascot Stakes, with the top three in the betting as I write this. BRING ON THE NIGHT   is the one I can’t get away from, though. Willie Mullins has a superb record in the race and has a say in most of the top staying handicaps on the level these days. Bring On The Night is actually rated lower over hurdles than Pied Piper and Arcadian Sunrise, but I think that’s largely down to his jumping ability. With no hurdles and him getting weight from them, he must go close.

I thought CADILLAC   was in danger of going the wrong direction, but the first-time blinkers at Leopardstown really sparked him back to life last time. He’s always been highly tried throughout his career, which tells you what his connections have thought about him. If the blinkers do the same job as they did last time, I expect he’ll run a very good race.

I liked the way CLEVELAND   won the Chester Cup last time and I’d say that 5lb is probably a fair rise. He obviously stays very well and has a touch of class, but he’s short enough in the betting already.

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