Royal Ascot Day 3

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Colour Vision (left) won last year's Ascot Gold Cup. Picture: Getty Images/news.com.au
Colour Vision will be bidding to win the Ascot Gold Cup for the second straight year on Thursday night (AEST), but will have to a disappointing reappearance behind him to do so. The Godolphin five year-old finished down the track on his reappearance in the Henry II Stakes at Sandown last month. He is one of two former winners in the race, with 2010 victor Rite Of Passage set to take his place for two time Melbourne Cup winning trainer Dermot Weld. Weld produced one of the greatest training performances in modern times when Rite Of Passage won the Long Distance Cup on Champions Day at this track last year, when he was having his first start for 510 days and took his career record to four wins and a third from five starts on the flat.

The Queen’s best chance of owning a winner this week could lie with emerging star Estimate, who won the Queens Vase at this meeting twelve months ago and was also successful in the Sagaro Stakes here last month.

Vadamar and High Jinx have both been talked about as possible Melbourne Cup contenders and there is so to be plenty of Australian interest in them with an eye towards the first Tuesday in November. Simenon won two races at Royal Ascot last year, including the Ascot Stakes over this course and distance and gets his chance at the top level here.

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