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The Queen’s squad beefed up for Royal Ascot in search of Platinum Jubilee winner

The Queen could have ELF tokens at Royal Ascot as her trainers search for a Platinum Jubilee winner – with Reach For The Moon aiming to get career back on track

  • The Queen’s team at Royal Ascot is led by Reach For The Moon
  • Her trainers planned a powerful Platinum Jubilee year challenge during the meeting
  • An injury-disrupted prep prevented Reach For The Moon from running in Epsom

The Queen’s race manager, John Warren, says she could have 11 riders at Royal Ascot next week after her trainers scheduled a vigorous Platinum Jubilee annual challenge at the meeting.

The royal runners will be led by former leading Derby hopes Reach For The Moon, who are looking to get his career back on track in Thursday’s Hampton Court Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Warren said: ‘If we can scream, great, but nothing beats a win. The trainers were brilliant. I’ve had them focus on training towards Royal Ascot from the start of the season.”

The Queen's team at Royal Ascot is led by Reach For The Moon (above)

The Queen’s team at Royal Ascot is led by Reach For The Moon (above)

An injury-disrupted prep halted Reach For The Moon at Epsom. He made his season debut last month with a second-place finish in the one-mile Heron Stakes at Sandown.

Warren said a good Royal Ascot show in the 1m 2f Hampton Court Stakes could lead to the Frankie Dettori ridden foal being moved up to the Group One Eclipse Stakes at Sandown.

Warren said: “Reach For The Moon has tuned itself to hopefully be perfect and show that it’s matured. We are very excited about his prospects.”

The Queen has had 24 winners at Royal Ascot, the first with Choir Boy in the 1953 Royal Hunt Cup and the last with Tactical, taking in the 2020 Windsor Castle Stakes.

The Queen, pictured at Royal Ascot last year, may have 11 tokens on the showpiece

The Queen, pictured at Royal Ascot last year, may have 11 tokens on the showpiece

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