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Monday, 19 June, 2000, 19:19 GMT 20:19 UK
They're off at Ascot
The Queen and Prince Philip
The Queen and Prince Philip head for Ascot
With Royal Ascot off and running, the BBC's racing correspondent Cornelius Lysaght gives Sport Online his hot tips for success.

The St James's Palace Stakes is the highlight of day one, Tuesday.

Bachir and China Visit are two of the favourites but Lysaght thinks there could be an upset.

"I've just got a feeling that they may both come up against a horse we don't know much about, Shibboleth," he said.

"He has talent but he hasn't been able to demonstrate quite how good he is.

"If he is as good as they are suggesting, he may take a little bit of beating."

Wednesday's showpiece, the Prince of Wales Stakes, will be headed by a colt who has the potential to become the best racehorse in the world.

Dubai Millennium
Dubai Millennium wins the Dubai World Cup

Dubai Millennium is a top-class performer but his excitable temperament is a cause for concern.

Favourite for the 1999 Derby, he got worked up before the start of the Epsom showpiece and never threatened the eventual winner, Oath.

"The horse has talent of that there is no doubt," said Lysaght.

"What you can query is whether he is as talented as they say he is because he hasn't had the opportunity to show us.

"He has won a sub-standard Dubai World Cup in good style but he needs to do more.

"He needs to win the Prince of Wales's Stakes."


It's the one blot on the colt's copybook and one the Godolphin team hope he can erase this week.

BBC's Cornelius Lysaght
BBC's Cornelius Lysaght

Dubai Millennium's main opponent on Wednesday will be Sendawar, who won the race 12 months ago.

The former French 1000 Guineas winner will appreciate a sound surface, and he is likely to get it thanks to the hot weather.

"If the ground stays on the firm side, Sendawar will give Dubai Millennium a lot to think about," said Lysaght.

It's the sort of feast laden with goodies

BBC's Cornelius Lysaght

The rest of the meeting is packed full of quality races.

"It's the sort of feast laden with goodies," said Lysaght. "Unlike some other race meeting, say the Derby meeting at Epsom, virtually every race is a champion race of some description."

Kayf Tara, with Michael Kinane in the saddle, is Lysaght's tip to take the Gold Cup on Thursday.

The horse is a past winner of the race and showed he had lost none of his sparkle by winning the Yorkshire Cup in impressive fashion.

As for Saturday's Coronation Stakes, Crimplene is Lysaght's choice.

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