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Royal Ascot 2021 Preview Night

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Who will triumph at Royal Ascot 2021?

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Haggas “excited” to unleash Mohaafeth in the Hampton Court

William Haggas believes the test of a mile and a quarter on quick ground in the Hampton Court Stakes will be “right up Mohaafeth’s alley”, after opting against running in the Derby on softer ground.

Speaking at the Weatherbys Racing Bank Royal Ascot Preview Night, Haggas said: “We’ll never know if it was the right decision or not. I have absolutely no regrets. If he doesn’t win the Hampton Court, then he wouldn’t have won the Derby.

“He has got a lot to find on what he’s achieved so far; he’s just been quite stylish. I’m learning about him, but I suspect quick ground over a mile and quarter will be right up his alley.

“I’m excited about Ascot if the ground stays good and he doesn’t get drawn on the outside; hopefully we can see what he’s made of.”

The Sommerville Lodge handler also confirmed that Alenquer, who beat the Derby winner, Adayar, in the Classic Trail at Sandown, would be targeted at the King Edward VII Stakes over a mile and a half.

“We were planning on supplementing him for the Derby, but he had a little blip [after Sandown].

“Interestingly, he’s improved for his break and the King Edward should be right up his street. He’s grown up since Sandown and he’s fully entitled to be there.”

Fahey hoping gamble pays off with the “exciting” Hong Kong Harry

Hong Kong Harry has won four of his five starts to date and has his trainer dreaming of more Royal Ascot glory. The Buckingham Palace handicap on day three is his target and Richard Fahey said: “He’s an exciting horse, he’s progressing well and he knows how to win.

“We’re gambling he scrapes in. I could have gone and tried to win another one [handicap], but I thought we’d take our chance of getting in off 87; if he does, he’ll run a massive race.”

Fev Rover is being aimed at the Coronation Stakes, but she is on somewhat of a comeback mission after failing to replicate her impressive effort in the 1000 Guineas when finishing down the field in the Irish equivalent.

The Malton-based handler is hoping faster underfoot conditions will bring about some improvement: “Ireland was extremely disappointing, but I felt from leaving the gates we never got into a rhythm. She’s working well and we’re pleased with her; I’ve always said I’d like to get her on quick ground.”

Fahey is planning to take a small but select group of two-year-olds to the meeting and he nominated the recent Hamilton winner, Perfect Power, as the pick of the pack: “He’s a pretty powerful colt who works really well and I like him a lot.”

Egan hoping Title can hit the headlines

Fresh from riding a double at Epsom and finishing second in the Derby, David Egan provided viewers with a couple of horses he has ridden previously and could be partnering at Ascot.

David nominated the Roger Varian-trained Title as the horse most likely to provide him with a winner: “He’s a lovely horse by Camelot who will be aimed at the 1m4f or 1m6f handicap. He’s been going well [at home] and hopefully he’ll get in off a low weight.”

Nagano, winner of his last two starts, is another Roger Varian runner Egan is hoping to retain his partnership with: “He improved leaps and bounds from his second to his third run at Newcastle, and he won really nicely. He’s a horse on the up and is very exciting.”

Blake hoping Reality can master his rivals in the Queen Alexandra

ITV Racing’s Kevin Blake left the bookies reeling when all three of his tips won on the third day of Cheltenham. He provided expert opinion throughout and picked out Master of Reality as his strong fancy in the Queen Alexandra Stakes: “He’d have to have a massive chance. He was rated 118 two years ago, and he looks like he’ll be the one to beat at the weights on his way back to the Melbourne Cup.”

Looking at the juvenile races, Blake was keen on the Stuart Williams-trained Desert Dreamer at a double-figure price: “I’ve been impressed with her the two times she’s run, and she looks absolutely riddled with speed. She’s shown a good turn of foot and having the Wesley Ward filly going 100 mph in front will help.”

Royal Ascot Preview Night

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