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Carlton House could deliver Royal victory

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By David Baxter
Racing Post

Carlton House has been trained specifically for the Prince of Wales's Stakes After an injury disrupted Classic season, the four-year-old returned to form when winning the Brigadier Gerard at Sandown last month, and connections are hopeful he has come on for the run.

John Warren, racing manager to the Queen, said: "As it turns out a mile and a half stretched the horse last year so we think all the conditions are right. We are very optimistic and really excited about his chance. Everyone is so thrilled to be going into the race with a sporting chance."

Standing in Carlton House's way is last year's runner-up So You Think for Aidan O'Brien. An easy winner of the Tattersalls Gold Cup last time, the six-year-old is fancied to go one better and is generally odds-on.

However William Hill are keen to take him on, offering a standout 6-4 from 8.30am this morning, and spokeswoman Lucy Rhodes said: "Many put their trust in So You Think when he was turned over at long odds-on last year and we're hoping for history to repeat itself."

Elsewhere on what promises to be another cracking card, a classy field including Group 1 winners Nahrain and Emulous will do battle in the Windsor Forest, there is the ultra-competitive Royal Hunt Cup, and the leading two-year-old fillies get to strut their stuff in the Queen Mary.

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