Princess Margaret test for Summer Romance

Dozen declared for Saturday’s Group Three

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Summer Romance will try to enhance her already strong Classic claims when she lines up for the Princess Margaret Keeneland Stakes at Ascot.

The Godolphin-owned filly, trained by Charlie Appleby, is the early ante-post favourite next year’s Qipco 1000 Guineas on the back of winning both her races in convincing style.

The latest came by six lengths against Listed company in the Empress Stakes at Newmarket four weeks ago. She now steps up to Group Three level and is one of 12 declared for Saturday’s six-furlong heat.

Proven opposition includes David Evans’ Marygate Stakes scorer Good Vibes, Albany Stakes third Aroha from Brian Meehan’s stable and Dark Lady, an easy winner at Lingfield for Richard Hannon.

Among unexposed talent are So Sharp, Ultra Violet and Under The Stars – each having won her only start to date – while Jessica Harrington’s Punita Arora was a winner at Navan on the latest of her two outings.

Appleby saddles Al Dabaran, who made a winning debut at Newmarket last month, in the Woolridge Group Pat Eddery Stakes.

An interesting seven-strong line-up includes Charlie Hills’ promising Haydock victor Buhturi and the Michael Bell-trained Maxi and George Margarson’s Ropey Guest, who were third and fourth respectively in the Superlative Stakes at Newmarket.

Joe Tuite’s Larchmont Lad has been left with top weight of 9st 10lb, after a maximum field of 29 was declared for the Moet & Chandon International Stakes.

The first three home last year – Burnt Sugar, Arbalet and Ripp Orf – do battle again. Others in an ultra-competitive field include Hey Jonesy, Raising Sand, Vale Of Kent and Mubhij.

The John Gosden-trained Beatboxer has to give weight all round in the Porsche Handicap – in which Motakhayyel and Flashcard, first and second at Newmarket last time, renew rivalry.

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