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Pink Team Praying for Royal Ascot Rain

Newmarket trainer Chris Wall would welcome a break in the current dry weather to enable Intense Pink to run at Royal Ascot.

Intense Pink

Intense Pink
The four-year-old Pivotal filly needs plenty of cut in the ground, as she showed when winning the Listed October Stakes at Ascot racecourse last autumn, and she made a promising start to the new campaign when finishing a close third to Lily's Angel in the Chartwell Fillies' Stakes on soft going at Lingfield on May 11.

She holds entries in the Duke of Cambridge Stakes and the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot but Wall will not take her there unless conditions are suitable.

"I need some rain for her. I know everyone has been praying for sunshine but I'm not in that camp at the moment for her," said Wall.

"She's very well and we are just going to see how it goes. She has got engagements at Ascot but if it is fast ground she won't be going there.

"She will be well entered up and we will see where we might go with her next, but rain is all important for her.

"I would say the fillies' race (Duke of Cambridge Stakes) would be more likely for her, but we will have to see what the ground might be."

Lambourn trainer Stan Moore has a strong batch of two-year-olds this year and is already looking forward to a small handful of the talent going to Royal Ascot.

"I've got about 40 two-year-olds this year and they're coming on in batches. Tableforten will go for the Windsor Castle and Kidmenot will go for the Albany. I've a got a horse by Kitten's Joy, who I've had trouble naming, that could still go for the Chesham." Moore said.

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The Roger Charlton-trained Cityscape will miss the Queen Anne Stakes after suffering a setback in the Lockinge Stakes.

The seven-year-old struggled in the quick conditions when tailed off in the Newbury Group One over a mile last month.

"Cityscape sadly will not be running in the Queen Anne Stakes as he was slightly jarred up after the Lockinge and we will wait a little longer with him," the Beckhampton trainer told

The absence of Cityscape has resulted in Dubai World Cup winner Animal Kingdom hardening as favourite for the race.

The 2011 Kentucky Derby winner has been shortening all week on the back of bullish workout reports and doubts surrounding his main competitors.

bet365 has cut Animal Kingdom to 5-4 favourite (from 6-4) for the Queen Anne as did Ladbrokes and William Hill.

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Royal Ascot may yet be on the agenda for Cityscape's stablemate Mince following her third-placed effort behind Boomerang Bob in the Leisure Stakes at Windsor on June 3.

"Mince has come out of Monday's Leisure Stakes with no apparent problems and she was fresh cantering this morning. Subsequent blood and endoscope results have all been good," said Charlton.

"Although our initial reaction was to bypass Royal Ascot at this stage we are keeping all her options open with the King's Stand Stakes on the first day being a possibility."

James Fanshawe is likely to make a late call on whether Deacon Blues will be ready in time for the Diamond Jubilee Stakes.

Deacon Blues
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Deacon Blues
The six-year-old has been off the course since winning the 2011 Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes at the Berkshire track. He is back in full work but the Royal meeting may just come too soon for the 2011 Wokingham hero, who requires some cut in the ground.

"He's been galloping, but whether we get to Ascot I'm not sure at the moment. It will be fairly close to the date before we make a final decision on him," Fanshawe said.

"It's just a case of if he's ready to go. We've still got 14 days and he's one that needs cut in the ground."

Deacon Blues also holds an entry in the Darley July Cup at Newmarket.

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Society Rock
Fanshawe has at least one leading contender for the Diamond Jubilee in Society Rock. Fifth last year after being slowly away, he won the race in 2011 and is fresh from victory in the Duke of York Stakes last month.

"He's in good form and has come out of York in good shape. He looks really well. He's on schedule for the Diamond Jubilee," said the trainer.

Fanshawe is praying for rain for his Gold Cup possible High Jinx, who shaped well on his seasonal debut when fourth to Gloomy Sunday in the Henry II Stakes at Sandown on May 30.

"He's fine after his race at Sandown. We'll just play it by ear. He wouldn't go (to Ascot) if the ground was very firm," he said.

"We don't know what it's going to be like. We are still two weeks away. I just hope we get some rain in the meantime."

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