Royal Ascot Day 1

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Shamexpress (L) won the Newmarket at Flemington in March. Picture: Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images
Newmarket Handicap winner Shamexpress  will be bidding to become the fifth Australian winner of the King’s Stand Stakes since 2003 when the Royal Ascot carnival begins on Tuesday night (AEST). Danny O’Brien’s sprinter booked his place on the plane to England by winning the Group One Newmarket Handicap at Flemington on March 9 but will face a much stiffer task in this contest. The three year-old carried just 51.5kg under the handicap conditions of the Newmarket but faces a much tougher task here under the set weights conditions.

South African Group One winner Shea Shea  emerged as a global sprint star with his dominant win in the Al Quoz Sprint at Meydan on Dubai World Cup night and is the horse to beat if he can bring that form to the testing uphill finish at the Berkshire track. Spanish speedster Equiano caused a boil over when taking out this race as a three year-old five years ago and Reckless Abandon  will try to win the race for the classic generation having bypassed the Guineas to run in the top sprints.

Ex-pat Aussie Jeremy Gask, who used to train in South Australia, is represented by three-time Ascot winner Medicean Man , who was third in a Listed race last time out.

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