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Perfect Power is undoubtedly the one to beat in the Commonwealth Cup on Friday’s penultimate afternoon of Royal Ascot.

The Richard Fahey-trained colt was a real star for his North Yorkshire handler last season, winning the Norfolk Stakes at this meeting from a good one in Go Bears Go, before being desperately unlucky at Glorious Goodwood.

He showed just how unlucky when picking up Group 1 prizes via the Prix Morny and Middle Park, and reappeared this season with a first try over 1400m in the Greenham Stakes at Newbury.

In winning there it was understandable that connections wanted to try the 1600m of the 2000 Guineas, but it was not a massive surprise that he did not stay.

This return to 1200m should be much more his thing and it will take a pretty good one to beat him, all things being equal.

A red-hot renewal of the Albany Stakes can see Saeed bin Suroor back in the big-race limelight with Mawj. Beautifully bred as a half-sister to Breeders’ Cup and French 2000 Guineas

winner Modern Games, as well as Listed scorer Modern News, the Shamardal filly

looked really smart with her winning debut at Newmarket over 1200m last month.

Breaking well, she had to be stoked up a bit over a furlong out but once the penny dropped she fairly rocketed clear, winning by 4.75 lengths under just hands and heels.

Runner-up Believing, who reopposes, did the form no harm at all when winning at Wolverhampton, where she lost about 12 lengths at the start and still proved good enough.

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