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Tomorrow's Prince Of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot is shaping up to be the highlight of the week.

Tomorrow's Prince Of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot is shaping up to be the highlight of the week.

Irish Derby winner Dylan Thomas will be taken on by his recent Curragh conqueror Notnowcato, while Breeders' Cup Turf winner Red Rocks is also a formidable opponent.

Throw into the mix last year's Epsom hero Sir Percy and Michael Jarvis' recent Italian recruit Pressing and you have a top-class field.

However, there are few trainers on the world stage with a better record than Andre Fabre, and the fact he has decided to go for the 10-furlong event with Manduro - rather than take on George Washington in the Queen Anne - speaks volumes.

Manduro finished a close third in the race 12 months ago behind the amazing Ouija Board and he must be counted as slightly unlucky as he was trapped on the rails.

He went on to be placed in a further five Group Ones without getting his head in front at the highest level.

However, that statistic was rectified when he won the Prix d'Ispahan at Longchamp last time out by a very easy five lengths.

This is a much stronger contest but he is reaching his peak as a five-year-old, goes on any ground, and may just have that extra finishing kick in what promises to be a race to savour.

Mick Channon's Flashy Wings is without a win since her victory in the Lowther Stakes as a juvenile. While she may need the ground in her favour to show real top-notch form, she is one of the most talented fillies in training.

She started her run just too late when third in the Matron Stakes last year and also finished a solid second in the Coronation Stakes at this meeting in 2006.

If you can forgive her lacklustre effort in Dubai, she looks unmissable in the Windsor Forest Stakes.

Richard Hannon rarely leaves the meeting without a winner, and success usually comes from one of the two-year-old races.

He won the Queen Mary last year with Gilded and Sweepstake heads for this year's renewal with even better claims.

A daughter of leading first-season sire Acclamation, she is unbeaten in two starts and her victory over previous winner Lady Avenger at Sandown suggests she is capable of going on to better things.

Hannon can make it a double on the day with Major Cadeaux fancied to make the most of the seven-furlong trip in the Jersey Stakes.

A leading juvenile, beaten only by Hellvelyn in the Coventry Stakes in 2006, he reappeared with an authoritative victory over Dutch Art in the Greenham.

He stood on a stone in the hours leading up to the 2000 Guineas but still ran well enough to finish sixth - form that should be good enough to win this.

The Royal Hunt Cup looks trickier than ever but Hughie Morrison appears to have been plotting a race like this for Supaseus.

Supaseus beat the useful Pinpoint last time out and that form gives him every chance.

The closing Sandringham Handicap looks set to go the way of Sir Michael Stoute's highly-regarded filly Cliche.


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