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Xpressbet, a subsidiary of The Stronach Group, has agreed a deal to become the "Preferred US Betting Site" of United Kingdom annual horse racing event Royal Ascot.

A staple of the summer social calendar, the event's formal dress code has been shaken up this year, with news that jumpsuits will now be permitted - meaning we just can't wait to see what this year's looks will entail.

The festival begins on Tuesday June 20th with the first race starting at 2.30 pm.

Be prepared to be dazzled. It's called racing for a reason and things can go wrong, but we're very comfortable where we are.

One high profile absentee from Royal Ascot this week will be Quiet Reflection (GB) (Showcasing ). Thomas Hobson was well beaten that day, but jumping has never been his strong suit and he is a much better horse on the Flat. That run appears to be the catalyst for punters to back the Richard Hannon-trained horse going one better at Ascot tomorrow. Her handler is bullish at the best of times but you do get the impression he would be very disappointed if his filly failed to give her running.

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On to Wednesday and the Prince of Wales's Stakes looks a great showdown with Jack Hobbs, Highland Reel and Ulysses in the line-up.

"It's probably an advantage getting it out of the way early, but I'm looking forward to it". "I hope we will get her back for an autumn campaign and go to Haydock and Champions Day", he added.

David Simcock, who trains Lightning Spear, has always felt that on fast ground, Lightning Spear was a Group 1 animal and at 5/1 with BetVictor he can reward each way support.

Aidan O'Brien thinks Caravaggio could be the fastest he's trained and that's good enough for me. I'd put him in a double with stablemate Winter, who runs in the Coronation Stakes; she is the exceptional three-year-old filly this year.

Middleham trainer Mark Johnston will be disappointed if he does not record his 40th career victor at the meeting while today's King's Stand Stakes, a Group One race over five furlongs, features the David Griffiths-trained veteran Take Cover; Final Venture from the in-form yard of Paul Midgley and Bryan Smart's Alpha Dephini who was a more than creditable third in Haydock's Temple Stakes last month. I think there are question marks over Limato, so the safer choice would be the O'Brien-trained American import, who was a very cosy victor for his new trainer last month. Racing UK will show the most extensive coverage of Royal Ascot available with every race live and nine hours of live coverage from 9am daily.