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Monday, 19 June, 2000, 14:03 GMT 15:03 UK
Dubai can erase Derby flop
Dubai Millenium
Dubai Millennium has just one defeat on his record
Dubai Millennium can prove the doubters wrong at Royal Ascot and erase bitter memories of last year's Derby flop.

The Goldophin-owned colt was such a hot favourite for the Epsom showpiece that many thought he simply had to turn up to be assured of victory.

But he got worked up before the race began and never looked like coming out on top as Kieren Fallon steered Oath to success.

The defeat at Epsom is the one and only blemish on Dubai Millennium's record.

And it looked like a one-off as he bounced back to winning ways, notably landing the Dubai World Cup in impressive fashion.


The Big Races
Tuesday: St James's Palace Stakes
Wednesday: Prince of Wales's Stakes
Thursday: Gold Cup
Friday: Coronation Stakes

He will need to be at his very best to take the Prince of Wales's Stakes on Wednesday (1545 BST).

That is because the eight-runner race, run over one mile and two furlongs, features another top class performer in Sendawar.

The French raider was victorious 12 months ago and, if anything, has improved, winning both the Prix du Moulin and Prix d'Ispahan.

The ground should suit as well.

The hot weather has ensured that the going will be firm, which may yet force the withdrawal of Dubai Millennium, although officials have begun to water the course.

Appealing

The Prince of Wales's Stakes is just one of several mouth-watering battles to look forward to.

On Tuesday, the opening day of the Royal meeting, Ireland's Bachir clashes with the American trio of China Visit, Giant's Causeway and Shibboleth in the one-mile St James's Palace Stakes (1545 BST).

Bachir got the better of Giant's Causeway in the Irish 2,000 Guineas last month but was well beaten by China Visit in the United Arab Emirates Derby back in March.

Shibboleth may have only had two races but won them both and is improving all the time.

Thursday's Gold Cup (1545 BST) should be equally appealing, with Celeric, Kayf Tara and Enzeli all in action.


Bachir
Bachir has St James's Palace Stakes in his sights
All three have won this race in the past but do not be shocked if Arctic Owl, Persian Punch and Endorsement spring a surprise.

Celeric has lost a lot of his reliability but must still be feared while last year's winner Enzeli will relish the two mile four furlong trip again.

Kayf Tara is perhaps the one to beat though, after a comfortable win in last month's Yorkshire Cup.

In Friday's Coronation Stakes (1545 BST), Zarkiya, Amethyst, Bluemamba and Crimplene should contest the main prize.

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