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Horse Racing: RAAF READY; RACING: STAGE IS ALL SET FOR A RIGHT ROYAL ASCOT SPECTACULAR Guineas ace will face 10 in St James's Palace Stakes.

Byline: By Garry Owen

IRISH 2000 Guineas winner Araafa will face 10 rivals in the St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot tomorrow.

Jeremy Noseda's three-year-old claimed a two-length success from George Washington at the Curragh and has held his ground at the final declaration stage for the first Group One race of the Royal meeting.

Kevin Prendergast's Decado and Mick Channon's Yasoodd, who finished third and fourth respectively in the Irish 2000 Guineas, again reoppose, while Nicolas Clement's highly-rated colt Stormy River takes his chance in the one-mile contest.

Aidan O'Brien is triple-handed with Ivan Denisovich, Marcus Andronicus and Arabian Prince, with Channon also saddling German 2000 Guineas winner Royal Power.

The Peter Chapple-Hyamtrained Aeroplane, Italian Derby sixth Yarqus and David Simcock's Metropolitan Man complete the line-up.

Godolphin's Proclamation is one of nine contenders in the Queen Anne Stakes. Despite having his first outing for 290 days, the son of King's Best is 15-8 favourite with Coral.

Sir Michael Stoute has kept in Lockinge Stakes heroine Peeress and Home Affairs while Godolphin are also double-handed with Belenus.

Ad Valorem represents Aidan O'Brien with Court Masterpiece, trained by Ed Dunlop, also set to line up for the Group One heat.

The other runners are Akimbo, Kandidate and Vortex.

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Date:Jun 19, 2006
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