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Good afternoon and welcome to stay protection of the primary day of Royal Ascot, with the St James’s Palace Stakes at 4.25pm the spotlight of an open-looking card.

The mile race sees Notable Speech and Rosallion, first and second house within the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket final month, do battle once more. Richard Hannon educated Rosallion was crushed by a length-and-a-half that day. A decade in the past, Hannon watched Kingman acquire revenge on his very personal Newmarket hero Night Of Thunder on the Royal assembly. Now Hannon is the one hoping for a reversal.

“We’ve been delighted with him since his win in the Irish Guineas and physically he looks like he has come on again,” stated Hannon of Rosallion.

“I really couldn’t be happier with him, and like everyone I’m really looking forward to the race – it looks a fantastic race.

“I would rather be drawn one than the outside and I think that will be fine, there are no excuses from there.

“This is probably the biggest test of his life and he will have to be at his very best to win it. Whatever wins this will be an extremely good horse and I think there are probably four of five extremely good horses in there.”

Connections of Notable Speech are respectful of the problem Rosallion presents, in a race that would firmly set up the one-mile pecking order, with Mario Baratti’s French 2000 Guineas scorer Metropolitan additionally within the combine.

Charlie Appleby has by no means gained the Coventry Stakes (3.05pm), however will hope that modifications together with his spectacular Lingfield scorer Al Qudra, who joins stable-mate Symbol Of Honour within the six-furlong occasion.

Big-spending Wathnan Racing have three colts within the combine and having pushed up and down the nation, retained jockey James Doyle has elected to companion Richard Fahey’s Hamilton scorer Catalyse over stablemate Columnist and Archie Watson’s Electrolyte.

Camille Pissarro is the only Ballydoyle entrant as Aidan O’Brien’s Marble Hill Stakes runner-up bids to observe up final yr’s win for connections by River Tiber.