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QUEEN ALEXANDRA STAKES: Former Cheltenham runners to reoppose at Royal Ascot

Two previous Prestbury Park contenders who dominated last year’s renewal of the Queen Alexandra Stakes are set to face-off again

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2C3J19G Who Dares Wins ridden by Tom Marquand wins the Queen Alexandra Stakes during day five of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse.

Last year’s Queen Alexandra Stakes 1-2 Who Dares Wins and The Grand Visir are set to reface each other in the Royal Ascot finale on Saturday evening.

WATCH: WHO DARES WINS FENDS OFF THE GRAND VISIR IN THE 2020 QUEEN ALEXANDRA STAKES AT ROYAL ASCOT [CREDIT: AT THE RACES]
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Alan King’s formerly mentioned son of Jeremy finished fifth in the Pertemps Network Final in 2018 under the now-retired Wayne Hutchinson.

WATCH: QUEEN ALEXANDRA STAKES WINNER WHO DARES WINS FINISHED BEHIND DELTA WORK IN THE PERTEMPS FINAL AT THE 2018 CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL [CREDIT: RACING TV]

He is also a winner of the Cesarewitch Handicap Trial and a Grade 2 victor over fences, heading back to Berkshire’s Royal Meeting this weekend in a bid to defend his crown partnering Tom Marquand.

Who Dares Wins gave Tom Marquand his first taste of Royal Ascot success in the Queen Alexandra Stakes last season

Ian Williams’s charge, on the other hand, chased home the previous Pendil Novices’ Chase winner twelve months ago and has flirted in and out with stints over hurdles, including at The November Meeting in 2020.

He finished fourth in the Grade 2 Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle behind Does He Know, but returned to the flat in May when chasing home Royal Ascot rival Falcon Eight in the Chester Cup.

Ian Williams will be hoping The Grand Visir can go one better in the Queen Alexandra Stakes at 6:10pm on Saturday

Running a creditable third in the Vigier Stakes at Paris Longchamp since, he’s now only 1lbs higher than his mark when picking up the silver medal in this contest a year ago.

The race’s podium king, however, is 5lbs better off in the weights for connections.

Horse trainer Paul Nicholls at Hereford Racecourse
Ditcheat will feature in the Queen Alexandra Stakes as Paul Nicholls saddles Scaramanga

Last season’s National Hunt Champion Trainer Paul Nicholls is set to be represented in the race, with daughter Megan taking the ride aboard Scaramanga.

WATCH: SCARAMANGA’S LAST RACE BEFORE THE QUEEN ALEXANDRA STAKES WAS WHEN WINNING THE BET365 HANDICAP HURDLE AT SANDOWN PARK [CREDIT: RACING TV]

The Mastercraftsman gelding was last seen taking a valuable handicap hurdle at Sandown at the Jumps Finale, while April Meeting fourth Table Mountain, who won at Ascot last year, heads for day five for Tom Symonds.

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