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Society Rock can regain Jubilee jewels

Society Rock won the Diamond Jubilee Stakes in 2011 and while he relinquished his crown last term, he can regain his Royal Ascot title this time around.

James Fanshawe's charge will be lining up in the Group One event for the fourth successive year, having started his run with a fine second in 2010.

He then built on that to create a 25/1 shock in 2011, ploughing through the soft ground to notch a half-length win. While Society Rock was not disgraced in his efforts subsequently, he failed to hit the same kind of form before returning to Ascot last June to face Black Caviar, where he was only beaten two lengths in fifth.

Universal is a tough competitor and can extend his winning streak to four with another victory in the Hardwicke Stakes.

The four-year-old was rated only 79 last August but a good run of results saw him start the current campaign on 101.

After winning off that mark in April, trainer Mark Johnston raised his sights to Group Three company in the John Porter and he duly outbattled Quiz Mistress to gain a narrow verdict.

Universal then upped another level to win an admittedly weak Group Two at Newmarket last time, turning in another gusty effort.

Khubala could be worth a small wager at nice odds in the Wokingham Handicap, particularly as Hugo Palmer has secured the services of Frankie Dettori.

Friendship is the choice in the Chesham Stakes as Aidan O'Brien tries to supplement his success in the seven-furlong heat with Maybe two years ago.

Opinion should be followed as he returns to action in the Duke of Edinburgh Handicap.

The Queen Alexandra Stakes closes the meeting and the last laugh can go to the Andrew Balding-trained Chiberta King.

Michael Bell can repeat his 2011 success in the Scottish Sun/EBF Stallions Land O'Burns Fillies' Stakes at Ayr with Riskit Fora Biskit and can also strike with King Of Jazz in Redcar's H Jarvis 135th Anniversary Handicap, while Aetna is the choice in Newmarket's Agribank Handicap.

Evening racing is on offer at Haydock and Lingfield with Response favoured in the Madness Music Night Here 20th July Maiden Stakes on Merseyside, while Saint Helena can turn in another good effort in the Forest Row Handicap at the Surrey track.


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