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Expanded Royal Ascot Festival Is Underway

The Aidan O’Brien-trained Circus Maximus is due to go off as favourite for the Queen Anne Stakes.

An expanded Royal Ascot festival is just getting underway, with the Queen Anne Stakes and King's Stand Stakes the pick of the races.

The Aidan O’Brien-trained Circus Maximus is due to go off as favourite for the Queen Anne Stakes.

Battash is being backed to turn two runner-up performances in the Kings Stand into victory this afternoon.

With the event taking place behind closed doors, the Queen will not be in attendance for the first time in her 68 year reign.

Director of racing Nick Smith says only essential staff will be allowed on site.

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