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Bolger's charge to Baire fruit

There are few Irish-trained horses who have decent claims on tomorrow's card but Jim Bolger's Cul Baire may surprise a few in the final race of a dramatic week at Royal Ascot.

Run over an extended 2m5f, the Queen Alexandra Stakes could bring out the best of the former bumper winner who ran out a good winner when stepping up to 1m6f on quick ground at Leopardstown.

Another staying contest is the 1m4f Hardwicke Stakes and surprisingly enough there is no Irish runner in this race which sees John Gosden's Aiken head the field.

The five-year-old hasn't run since finishing second to Rite Of Passage back here in October, and while the form of Gosden's team is questionable at the moment, hopefully Aiken's class will be able to see him emerge on top.

As well as Gosden, another man to have endured a frustrating week at Royal Ascot has been champion jockey Richard Hughes, but the closing day of the fixture may prove more fruitful for the Curragh native.

Hughes teams up with his boss and father-in-law Richard Hannon in the first where Bunker is the pick in the Chesham Stakes, while in the penultimate race Opinion is the selection for Hughes and Michael Stoute.


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