Having rounded off her 2018 campaign by pushing Enable all the way in the Breeders’ Cup Turf, the Aidan O’Brien-trained Magical is three from three this season – completing her hat-trick in last month’s Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh.
O’Brien also saddles possible pacemaker Hunting Horn in a Group One contest he has claimed on three previous occasions – with Duke of Marmalade (2008), So You Think (2012) and Highland Reel (2017) respectively.
The home team features the William Haggas-trained Sea Of Class, who will make her first appearance since only narrowly failing to reel in Enable in a thrilling renewal of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe last October.
Sea Of Class was narrowly denied by Enable in last year's Arc
Sir Michael Stoute’s Crystal Ocean bids for his second Royal Ascot success – having landed last season’s Hardwicke Stakes – and returns at the top of his game following successive wins at Sandown and Newbury this spring. He will be partnered by Frankie Dettori for the first time.
Andre Fabre sends the impressive Prix Ganay winner Waldgeist across the Channel, while Deirdre will carry the hopes of Japan.
Desert Encounter (David Simcock) and Zabeel Prince (Roger Varian) complete the line-up.
I CAN FLY CONCEDES WEIGHT TO DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE RIVALS
I Can Fly will try to concede 3lb to all her 16 rivals in Wednesday’s Duke of Cambridge Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Aidan O’Brien’s four-year-old won the Boomerang Stakes on Irish Champions Weekend last season at this same Group Two level – which makes her task harder this time.
Sir Michael Stoute has a strong hand with Cheveley Park’s Veracious and Rawdaa, who pushed Lah Ti Dar close over 10 furlongs at York.
William Haggas will be hoping his Pretty Baby can continue her progression – with Anna Nerium, Agrotera and Threading others engaged.
WARD DOUBLE-HANDED IN QUEEN MARY
Wesley Ward’s Anna’s Fast and Kimari are among 28 in the Queen Mary. Both have won their only starts to date.
The David Evans-trained Good Vibes will aim to complete the same double as Signora Cabello 12 months ago, having won the Marygate at York last time out.
Charlie Hills runs Flippa The Strippa; Richard Hannon has both Kemble and Partridge – while having won the race last year, John Quinn holds another good chance in Hilary Needler winner Liberty Beach.
Norway, eighth in the Derby, steps up in trip for the Queen’s Vase for O’Brien – who also runs Western Australia, Harpo Marx and Barbados.
Joseph O’Brien has declared Eminent Authority among a field of 13 – in which Mark Johnston, who has a good record in the race, runs Nayef Road and Themaxwecan.
In a maximum field of 33 for the Royal Hunt Cup, Frankie Dettori and New Graduate have been drawn in stall one.
Last year’s winner Settle For Bay is back again for David Marnane, with Cardsharp top weight.
There are 24 juveniles in the Windsor Castle – with Archie Watson’s Illusionist, Karl Burke’s Rayong and Michael O’Callaghan’s Red Epaulette lining up.