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Animal Kingdom on course for Royal Ascot opener

Updated: Wednesday, 12 Jun 2013 16:57 | Comments

Animal Kingdom's last run over a mile saw him finish second to the winning machine that is Wise Dan in last season's Breeders' Cup Mile
Animal Kingdom's last run over a mile saw him finish second to the winning machine that is Wise Dan in last season's Breeders' Cup Mile

Hot favourite Animal Kingdom will face a maximum of 14 rivals in Tuesday's Queen Anne Stakes, the opening event of Royal Ascot.

Graham Motion's American raider has been all the rage for the mile heat following his impressive victory in the 10-furlong Dubai World Cup at Meydan in March.

The five-year-old also won the 2011 Kentucky Derby and will be dropping back to eight furlongs for the first time since finishing second in last year's Breeders' Cup Mile.

Aidan O'Brien's Declaration Of War is next in the betting, despite his flop in the Lockinge Stakes on his return at Newbury last month.

The master of Ballydoyle also has Reply - who runs at Leopardstown on Thursday - and Windsor Palace in the line-up, while John Gosden is another with two to choose from, with Elusive Kate and Gregorian still in the mix.

Richard Hannon could saddle Libranno and Trumpet Major, with David Simcock's Trade Storm a possible to reappear after a fine winter campaign in Dubai.

Lockinge second and third Sovereign Debt and Aljamaaheer, trained by Michael Bell and Roger Varian respectively, could clash again along with Newbury fourth Chil The Kite, who represents Hughie Morrison.

Penitent was seventh that day and could try his luck again for David O'Meara, with Gabrial and Monsieur Chevalier completing the possible runners.

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