Royal Ascot Day 5

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Sea Siren won the BTC Cup and Doomben 10,000 last year. Picture: Peter Wallis/
Sea Siren will be bidding to make it back-to-back wins for Australian mares when she lines up in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot on Saturday night (AEST). Superstar mare Black Caviar became the second Australian trained winner of the race in the space of a decade when surviving a late scare to win the 1200m event by a head last year, 24 months after 2009 Caulfield Guineas winner Starspangledbanner won the race under the tutelage of Irishman Aidan O’Brien. Since Choisir blazed a trail by claiming both this race and the King’s Stand Stakes in 2003, several other Aussie runners have contested the race including Target Target, who was 3rd in 2006, 2nd in 2007 and 4th in 2008.

Now under the ownership of Coolmore, Sea Siren returned to something near her best form when 3rd in the Doomben 10,000 last month but faces a strong field here. 2011 winner Society Rock is back to regain his crown for England after scoring a dominant victory in the Duke Of York Stakes on his reappearance, while Ireland’s contingent is led by the globetrotting Gordon Lord Byron. Krypton Factor, third in the Golden Shaheen at Meydan on Dubai World Cup night, represents Bahraini trainer Fawzi Nass, while Soul is the sole runner in the race for Godolphin. The six year-old was formerly trained by Peter Snowden and finished fourth in the race behind Black Caviar twelve months ago.

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