PreviewsThe King's Stand is usually one of the highlights of the Royal meeting but with with Blue Point and now Mabs Cross retired and connections of exciting Irish raider Sceptical ducking the race, this looks an ideal opportunity for BATTAASH to end his Ascot hoodoo. Charlie Hills' sprint monster is yet to win at this venue in three attempts but he has proven his own worst enemy at times, getting too worked up in the preliminaries, so a behind-closed-doors meeting will probably work in his favour this year. Furthermore, in all fairness, his second-placed finishes behind Blue Point in the last two renewals are still the strongest pieces of form on offer and he could afford to run well below his official rating and still win this contest. Glass Slippers was a surprise winner of the l'Abbaye last season and needs to prove she can back that effort up this year. A bigger danger may be Equilateral, a quirky stablemate of the selection who might be best at a flatter track but does go well fresh. He won impressively on his first start in Meydan following a gelding operation but needs to improve again if he's to finish in the same postcode as the favourite.
Templegate's Tip Glass Slippers Came on strong last term and beat Battaash at Longchamp last time