Three things to look forward to
There is plenty to look forward to on the first day, but the first appearance in Britain of the brilliant Arc winner Treve in tomorrow's Prince Of Wales's Stakes, will probably be the highlight of the entire week, certainly in equine terms.
1 TREMENDOUS TREVE
This grand filly suffered her first defeat in the Prix Ganay in April, but what a way to be beaten, and what a horse to inflict that defeat. Cirrus Des Aigles, which has won twice since, was the warrior that just pipped Treve. But Criquette Head will have Treve peaking for the Prince Of Wales's.
2 ESTIMATE IN THE GOLD CUP
Thursday will be all about whether Estimate, the Queen's filly, can register back-to-back wins in the Ascot Gold Cup, the most prestigious race at the meeting. Few have seen the Queen as animated and happy as she appeared after her filly had won 12 months ago. This time around, Michael Stoute says it has been a lot harder getting Estimate fit after she pulled a muscle in her hindquarter.
This prevented her having a run beforehand, which over two and a half miles might prove a serious disadvantage.
3 JOCKEY BATTLES
No jockey has been riding as consistently of late than Ryan Moore, whose judgment has been superb. He should be followed in just about every race in which he has a mount.
Joseph O'Brien has first preference of all the horses trained by his father Aidan (provided he can make the weight), and this is a huge advantage. The young rider from Ballydoyle is cool and confident.
Richard Hughes, the Kildare native who is England's reigning champion, is very confident that Toronado will start the week by winning the Queen Anne Stakes.