Blue Point outstays Battaash with Mabs Cross third in the 2018 King’s Stand Stakes
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A big clash of top sprinters is on the cards as the big guns Blue Point, Battaash and Mabs Cross renew rivalries in Tuesday’s King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot.

The three horses finished in that order last year and all three have gone on to smart success since.

Charlie Appleby’s Blue Point won three times at the Dubai Carnival, while Battaash was hugely impressive in the Temple Stakes at Haydock Park.

Last year’s Prix de l’Abbaye winner Mabs Cross won the Palace House Stakes at Newmarket in May, but was well behind Battaash last time out.

Charlie Hills, trainer of Battaash, also runs Equilateral.

Aidan O’Brien has seven horses still engaged, with Sergei Prokofiev, the Cornwallis Stakes winner, among the entries.

Antipodean raiders Enzo’s Lad from New Zealand and Houtzen from Australia are set to run, while Frankie Dettori rides American runner Imprimis.

Archie Watson’s Soldier’s Call and John Quinn’s Signora Cabello, are also in the mix.