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Ascot set for blast off with strong sprint field

Royal Ascot is set for an explosive first day's action when a field of 19 sprinters contest the King's Stand Stakes

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Royal Ascot is set for an explosive first day's action when a field of 19 sprinters contest the King's Stand Stakes (Group 1).

Largely considered as a difficult race to call, this year's renewal is no exception given the depth of runners and the huge international entry.

Australian sprinter Star Witness looks the one to beat in the five furlong dash, which is the first British leg of the Global Sprint Challenge. However, Star Witness is not a five-furlong specialist and will be tested by the likes of Nunthorpe Stakes winner Sole Power and strong Group race performer Lady of the Desert.

There are two American raiders in the field including Wesley Ward's highly-touted Holiday For Kitten and Todd Pletcher's Bridgetown.

Hungary are represented by Overdose, who will look to banish the ghosts of his unsatisfactory run in the Temple Stakes at Haydock on his British debut. Further international flavour is provided by French sprinter Mar Adentro, Sweet Sanette from Hong Kong and the former Dubai-based War Artist, who is now trained in Germany.

Long shots in the race include Bewitched, who steps up in class following a hat-trick of wins in Group Three company.

Lastest odds: Star Witness (4), Sole Power (7), Kingsgate Native (9), Astrophysical Jet (14), Bridgetown (14), Overdose (16), Swiss Diva (16), War Artist (16), Prohibit (33/2), Sweet Sanette (35/2), Tangerine Trees (20), Rose Blossom (25), Group Therapy (29), Holiday For Kitten (33), Monsieur Chevalier (33), Arctic (40), Iver Bridge Lad (44), Stone Of Folca (50), Mar Adentro (66).

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