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Royal Ascot: Lady Aurelia fancied over Battaash for King’s Stand Stakes

• Quick, dry ground expected to favour Wesley Ward’s US raider
• Lady Aurelia backed down to below 2-1; Battaash out to 11-4

Lady Aurelia, twice a winner at Royal Ascot, edged in front of Battaash in the betting on Monday for a 60-second duel between two of the fastest horses in the world, in the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot on Tuesday.

Even the English weather is expected to behave itself as the Royal meeting begins with a dry forecast and quick summer ground for a major Flat meeting for what feels like the first time in years. That may have played a part in punters’ calculations on Monday, as Lady Aurelia’s odds dipped below 2-1 with most bookmakers while Battaash, the easy winner of the Prix de l’Abbaye last season, can be backed at 11-4. The two market leaders were locked together at 9-4 on Monday morning.

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