Wild Illusion spearheads Ribblesdale confirmations at Royal Ascot

Charlie Appleby’s Oaks runner-up one of 12 possible runners

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Investec Oaks runner-up Wild Illusion heads 12 fillies confirmed for the Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot on Thursday at the confirmation stage.

Charlie Appleby’s talented three-year-old is burdened with a 3lb penalty for her victory in the Group One Prix Marcel Boussac at Chantilly last autumn.

Magic Wand, who was fourth in the Epsom Classic, is one of five possibles from the Aidan O’Brien stable along with Athena, Broadway, Sarrocchi and Sizzling.

John Gosden has taken out ante-post favourite Lah Ti Dar as she is not quite ready to return to action after missing the Oaks.

The Newmarket trainer could still be represented by Highgarden, who was fourth in the Musidora Stakes at York in May.

Sun Maiden could step up to Group Two company after making a big impression when bolting up by 12 lengths in a novice race at Salisbury last month.

Trainer Sir Michael Stoute also has Crystal Hope as well as the impeccably-bred daughter of Frankel.

Clive Cox’s Lingfield Oaks Trial winner Perfect Clarity could try to get back on track after finishing seventh in the Oaks itself.

Musidora runner-up Dancing Brave Bear and Lady Of Shalott complete the dozen.

Wesley Ward’s Shang Shang Shang is among 32 entries for the Group Two Norfolk Stakes.

The American raider heads the ante-post market on the strength of a comfortable debut success at Keeneland in April.

Aidan O’Brien has put in seven, including Sergei Prokofiev and The Irish Rover.

The Appleby-trained Key Victory, who was seventh in the French Derby, features among 24 entries for the Group Three Hampton Court Stakes.

The Gosden-trained First Eleven, a son of Frankel, catches the eye in a 35-strong entry for the King George V Handicap judged on his five-length romp on a Newbury handicap last time.

Grand National-winning trainer Gordon Elliott has a possible for the Britannia Handicap in Mattymolls Gaga. They were 57 entries for the one-mile cavalry charge.

Wild Illusion spearheads Ribblesdale confirmations at Royal Ascot
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