Exotic raider Hikari has the form to foil Found
Royal Ascot got underway yesterday with a wonderful fusion of international flavour and A Shin Hikari will bring the house down if he adds to that by winning today's Prince Of Wales's Stakes.
Standing in the Japanese sensation's path will be Found. Aidan O'Brien's globe-trotting filly danced every dance in 2015, culminating in a memorable Breeders' Cup conquest of Golden Horn.
Second to Postponed in the Coronation Cup, Found is surely the one most likely to thwart A Shin Hikari, but the ground is a concern.
Testing conditions have been her undoing in the past, and, on a line through Dariyan, which A Shin Hikari thrashed in similar conditions at Chantilly last month, the foreign horse's form looks tip-top.
Dariyan, successful in the Group One Prix Ganay in May, had twice previously got within a few lengths of Postponed.
With A Shin Hikari a long odds-on shot in a six-runner race, this £750,000 Group One is probably an event simply to be watched. Found should keep Yutaka Take's mount honest, but she might struggle to topple him in the prevailing conditions.
O'Brien, who will saddle hot favourite Order Of St George alongside Willie Mullins' Melbourne Cup runner-up Max Dynamite in tomorrow's Gold Cup, relies on Roly Poly in the Queen Mary Stakes. Remarkably, this is a Group Two that the Ballydoyle genius has yet to plunder.
Wesley Ward, responsible for last year's breathtaking heroine Acapulco, teams up with Frankie Dettori, this time for Lady Aurelia.
The American filly might be too good, but on this ground, she has it to prove, notwithstanding that her sire Scat Daddy is responsible for yesterday's juvenile star, Caravaggio.
It is worth taking a chance on Roly Poly under Moore. Fourth behind Caravaggio and Mister Trader at the Curragh last time, she has the scope to build on that fine turn against her own sex now.
In total, 13 raiders have been declared for day two of the royal fixture.
Of the rest, Willie McCreery's Devonshire has a real life in the Duke of Cambridge Stakes, and Mick Halford's Portage should run well in the Britannia handicap. Both Godolphin horses will relish the bit of cut.