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Who Will Be the Stars of Royal Ascot 2024?

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As you would expect with one of the leading Flat meetings in the world of horse racing, there will be no shortage of stars on display at Royal Ascot 2024. Some of the leading thoroughbreds will descend on the Berkshire-based racecourse bidding to steal all the headlines from the fixture.

This year’s renewal of the meeting looks set to be something special. Here is a look at the horses who have a great chance of ending the week as one of the winners.

Kyprios

All eyes will be on Irish star Kyprios in the Ascot Gold Cup this year. Racing fans missed out on seeing the former champion at the meeting in 2023, as he was ruled out through injury. He is the +163 favorite in the Paddy Power horse racing betting for the day three contest.

As you can see in the race results, Kyprios has already featured once this season. He won on his opening start of the campaign at Navan where he looked at the top of his game once again in that success.

The 2023 season was a dominant year for Aidan O’Brien’s runner. He won four Group One races, including the Goodwood Cup and Prix du Cadran. The six-year-old may be set for another big campaign in the 2m division.

Vandeek

The Commonwealth Cup sees the leading three-year-old sprinters in action at Royal Ascot. With four wins from four starts, Vandeek goes into the Group One contest with a big reputation. He will be bidding for a third straight success at the highest level, as he won the Prix Morny and Middle Park Stakes last season.

Simon and Ed Crisford’s runner has an abundance of speed. He was slowly away on his latest outing in the Middle Park Stakes, but he soon made up the ground, before stretching away from his rivals in the final couple of furlongs.

The son of Havana Grey will be a big player later in the year when he takes on the older horses in the sprint division. For now, his connections will be hoping he can prove himself against in his own age bracket in the Commonwealth Cup.

Auguste Rodin

Last season’s Derby winner Auguste Rodin had major wins in the UK, Ireland, and the USA in 2023. He followed up his British Classic success at Epsom with victories in the Irish Champion Stakes and Breeders’ Cup Turf at Santa Anita.

The four-year-old remains in training this season which is great news for the sport. He is set to make his first appearance of the year on turf in either the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh or the Coronation Cup at Epsom, before heading to Royal Ascot for the Prince of Wales’s Stakes.

O’Brien has won the Prince of Wales’s Stakes four times in his career, including with former Oaks winner Love. He will be hoping his latest Epsom hero can add his name to the roll of honor at the British summer meeting.

Chain Of Lightning

Australia has produced some rapid sprinters over the years, and their latest mare, Chain Of Lightning looks to be up with the best of them. She won the Group One T J Smith Stakes at Randwick back in April, booking her ticket for Royal Ascot with that triumph.

The powerful five-year-old has entries in the King Charles III Stakes and Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Stakes, and she could run in both of those races, as she is equally comfortable over 5f and 6f. It is going to be fascinating to see how she does against her European rivals.

Royal Ascot gets underway on Tuesday, 18th of June, kicking off five days of action from the royal meeting.