The first leg is the Jersey Stakes at Royal ascot due off at 2.30pm and can go to DREAM CASTLE. He burst onto the scene with an impressive win at Doncaster in April then followed that with a good second in the Greenham behind Barney Roy. He was clear at the furlong pole but was claimed late on and finished well clear of the remainder. Forget his run in the 2000 Guineas when the muddling pace would have counted against him. It’s a big moment for Josephine Gordon who will be having her first Royal Ascot ride and on a leading fancy too.

Fillies are in action for leg two, the Duke Of Cambridge Stakes at 3.40. The key piece of form here is the Chartwell Stakes at Lingfield last month when Mix and Mingle finished ahead of QEMAH. Ryan Moore bagged the favoured stands rail on that occasion aboard Mix and Mingle where as Qemah was in the middle of the track. Jean Claude Rouget’s string have been slow to come to hand this season after well documented issues with viruses but they are flying now and last year’s Coronation Stakes heroine can turn the form around.

Leg three is the day’s feature contest, the Prince OF Wales Stakes. I’m siding with a typical Sir Michael Stoute improver in ULYSEES. He disappointed in the Derby last year but that was a late decision to run following an impressive Newbury maiden success and he is the type the master of Freemason Lodge excels with. He won a Group 3 at Glorious Goodwood after Epsom and ended his classic season with a fourth place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Turf. He showed the benefit of another winter when scoring decisively in the Gordon Richards Stakes at Sandown and has his optimum conditions this afternoon. Frankie Dettori, who was due to ride before being ruled out of the week through injury, is replaced by Champion Jockey Jim Crowley.

Our sole visit away from Ascot takes us to Hamilton in Scotland for leg four where TITI MAKFI can score the hat-trick for Mark Johnston. She won over course and distance at the beginning of the month then scored decisively at Sandown seven days later. The third that day has won nicely since, advertising the form and she rates a solid proposition.

The Royal Hut Cup is always a tricky puzzle to solve and this year is no exception. It may ay to have a coupe, one each side of the track but for the purposes of a straight line I will choose a runner from a central stall. EL VIP has had this as his target since the end of last season and claimed a decisive victory at Newcastle recently, a race where he gained a penalty to ensure his place in the field. He is still lightly raced having just his eight start here, winning three of his seven races. Jamie Spencer, who was on board for that Newcastle victory once again takes the reins in the absence of Frankie Dettori. Stall 12 gives Jamie Spencer many options aboard the selection and there is no better pilot over the straight mile at Ascot.

Fillies take centre stage in the finale I like the chances of William Haggas’ ON HER TOES. She was a listed winner as a two-year-old and made her seasonal reappearance in the same grade at York. She couldn’t quite reel in the leader on soft ground there but will handle these quicker conditions fine and she finished well clear of the remainder, headed by Sibilance who re-opposes but I doubt the tables will be turned.

Matt’s Scoop6 straight line:
Leg 1 – Dream Castle
Leg 2 – Qemah
Leg 3 – Ulysees
Leg 4 – Titi Makfi
Leg 5 – El Vip
Leg 6 – On Her Toes