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Sacred Kingdom 3.45 Royal Ascot SP forecast 3-1 A genuine Group 1 sprinter, proving himself one of the best in the world in Singapore last month, beating the brilliant Rocket Man into second with daylight back to the reopposing Diabolical in third. Diabolical is one we can relate to, as he only went down by a neck to King's Apostle in the Diadem Stakes over course and distance last season and is generally regarded as a reliable yardstick.

Would the likes of J J The Jet Plane and King's Apostle have had the class to go close in Singapore? I think they would have been closer than Diabolical, and we'll only find out after today's race which of the market leaders is the most talented.

Conclusion I think there are four in with a serious shout and I couldn't rave about Sacred Kingdom's chances. Having said that, laying him is a risky proposition and I like King's Apostle each-way.

Amerigo 5.35 Royal Ascot SP forecast 11-4 Looked unlucky in the Chester Cup on his penultimate start, before disappointing off a 2lb higher mark in a Haydock handicap at the end of last month. He was staying on really well at Chester and I think any trip over 1m6f will suit him on the Flat, including the near-2m6f of today's race. The big question is whether you forgive him that poor run at Haydock last time, as it was a shocker.

Conclusion The four-year-old still has a lot more going for him than the majority in this line-up and if he runs to his best, I suspect that will be good enough..
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Jun 20, 2009
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