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Headline act Battaash is showing “all his usual brilliance” at home ahead of day one at Royal Ascot.

Charlie Hills is confident the issue which delayed his return to action will not compromise his prospects of becoming the fourth dual winner of Tuesday's King’s Stand Stakes since the turn of the century.

Battaash was an honourable second both times when Blue Point won the King’s Stand in 2018 and 2019, so it was a case of third time lucky when he beat his stablemate Equilateral decisively 12 months ago.

He is one of 16 runners declared for the sprint, part of the British Champions Series.

Hills said: “Battaash came in a couple of weeks later than usual this year, so we were never going to fit in a prep run, but I couldn’t be happier with him. They found a tiny hairline fracture in a sesamoid when he had his usual MOT at the end of last year, but that was attended to in December.

“They’ve done a great job with him at Shadwell over the winter, and spring was so awful that coming back later has probably helped him. We’ve taken our time and he hasn’t missed a beat.”

With devoted groom Bob Grace retired now, Battaash is looked after by John ‘Bluey’ Cannon, who also looked after the dam and so is another stalwart at Wetherdown House, but little else has changed.

Hills said: “You might notice that he walks around the parade ring a bit quicker with ‘Bluey’ leading him, but nothing has changed really. Dane O’Neill still rides him in all of his work and neither he nor I could be any happier with the way his preparation has gone.”

Battaash and Jim Crowley at Goodwood
(Image: PA)

Runners and odds for day one of Royal Ascot 2021

2.30pm Queen Anne Stakes (Group 1) – 1m

4-9 Palace Pier*

6-1 Order Of Australia

11-1 Lope Y Fernandez

18-1 Top Rank

20-1 Lord Glitters

22-1 Regal Reality

28-1 Sir Busker

40-1 Prince Eiji

50-1 Bless Him

66-1 Accidental Agent

80-1 Pogo

3.05pm Coventry Stakes (Group 2) – 6f

7-2 Kaufymaker

6-1 Masseto

13-2 Gisburn, The Acropolis

9-1 Ebro River

10-1 Dhabab

12-1 Tolstoy

20-1 The Organiser

22-1 Angel Bleu, Berkshire Shadow

33-1 Caturra, Secret Strength, Vintage Clarets

40-1 Golden War

100-1 The Gatekeeper, Eldrickjones

150-1 Dashing Rat

3.40pm King's Stand Stakes (Group 1) – 5f

15-8 Battassh

9-2 Winter Power

15-2 Oxted

9-1 Liberty Beach

10-1 Extravagant Kid

14-1 Que Amoro

16-1 Maven

20-1 Ubettabelieveit

22-1 Kings Lynn, Keep Busy

33-1 Arecibo, Acklam Express

40-1 Harrys Bar

80-1 Stone Of Destiny

125-1 Glamorous Anna

150-1 Ornate

4.20pm St James's Palace Stakes (Group 1) – 1m

4-1 Poetic Flare

5-1 Mostahdaf

13-2 Battleground, Highland Avenue

15-2 Lucky Vega

10-1 Chindit

12-1 Wembley

14-1 Thunder Moon

18-1 La Barrosa

25-1 Maximal

28-1 Bullace

33-1 Naamoos

100-1 Ontario

5.00pm Ascot Stakes – 2m4f

9-2 MC Muldoon

13-2 Rayapour

10-1 Cape Gentleman

14-1 Postileo, Cour De Lion, Royal Illusion, Golden Rules, Lostwithiel, Trumpet Man,

16-1 Just Hubert

20-1 Rochester House, Untold Story, Elysian Flame

22-1 Reshoun

25-1 Dalton Highway, Lethal Steps

33-1 Lucky Deal, Solo Saxophone

40-1 Island Brave

50-1 Mancini

5.35pm Wolferton Stakes (Listed) – 1m4f

4-1 Patrick Sarsfield

5-1 Solid Stone

15-2 Felix, Forest Of Dean

10-1 Blue Cup

12-1 Euchen Glen

14-1 Stormy Antarctic

16-1 Juan Elcano, Fox Tal

18-1 Dawaam

22-1 Palavecino

28-1 Volcanic Sky

33-1 Father Of Jazz, Victory Chime

6.10pm Copper Horse Stakes – 1m6f

100-30 Saldier

11-2 Global Storm

10-1 On To Victory

12-1 Throne Hall, Sleeping Lion

14-1 Themaxwecan

16-1 Dubious Affair, Brilliant Light

20-1 Hochfeld, Cardano, Gold Maze, Amtiyaz, Arthurian Fable, Galata Bridge, Rajinsky, Sam Cooke

25-1 Hyanna

33-1 Taqareer

66-1 Sextant

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