The novel Fairyland is about a child genius who is the ultimate product of gene-splicing technology, which sounds a bit like Joseph O’Brien, however it’s his father’s horses that should be focused on in the Albany Stakes which gets Day Four at Royal Ascot underway at 14:30. Fairyland has won both of her starts to date and is clearly a smart prospect, but it’s stablemate Just Wonderful who appeals more. She became just the third first-time-out juvenile winner for the stable this season when winning at the Curragh last month, and should follow in the footsteps of Wading, a sister to a Ribblesdale winner, who was progressive at two for the yard. Main Edition has run to a high level in two winning starts and is respected as a result.
Supporters of the 19th century Italian general Giuseppe Garibaldi wore red shirts, however fans of the recent Leopardstown winner will be sporting purple in the King Edward VII Stakes (15:05). He’s been in good form of late so a win for him would hardly take the biscuit, however bigger threats may emerge from his stablemates Delano Roosevelt and Rostropovich. Preference, though, is for Old Persian who stands out at the prices. He made a winning reappearance in a handicap at Newmarket in April and resumed winning ways in a listed contest back there last time; he should have plenty more to offer as his stamina is drawn out.
In 1980, the Supreme Court awarded eight Sioux tribes $106 million in compensation for breaking up the Great Sioux Reservation into smaller portions back in the late 1800s. While the tribes refused to accept the award, it’s unlikely that Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith or John Magnier would turn down the trophy given to the winning connections in the Commonwealth Cup, should Sioux Nation triumph at 15:40. He is unbeaten on quick ground, and looked better than ever at the Curragh last time, form which entitles him to be favourite for this. Invincible Army has an excellent record over C&D and looks a solid each-way alternative, while Eqtidaar could surprise a few at bigger odds.
With the winners of the English, Irish and French Guineas all set to lock horns, the Coronation Stakes (16:20) looks a terrific renewal. Preference, though, is for Prince Charles’ description of his palms when walking Meghan Markle down the aisle last month: Clemmie. Much like the new Duchess of Sussex, Clemmie shaped well when last seen, and, having won the Cheveley Park stakes last term, can boast the claim of being the first offspring of Galileo to win a Group 1 over six furlongs. As a sister to dual-Guineas winner Churchill, however, she should have plenty more to offer over the mile trip here. Of the rest, Threading has done all her best work away from Newmarket, and makes each-way appeal at the prices.