Big two in Queen Anne clash

Goldikova’s eagerly-anticipated clash with Canford Cliffs remains on the cards in next week’s Queen Anne Stakes with the two star milers both among the six-day entries for Royal Ascot.

Goldikova’s eagerly-anticipated clash with Canford Cliffs remains on the cards in next week’s Queen Anne Stakes with the two star milers both among the six-day entries for Royal Ascot.

Freddie Head’s Goldikova, winner of 13 Group Ones including last year’s Queen Anne, is set to be accompanied by her pacemaker Flash Dance, who is also among the eight acceptors.

Canford Cliffs, who took the St James’s Palace Stakes on the same card 12 months ago and started off this season with success in the Lockinge at Newbury, could be joined once again by his Richard Hannon-trained stablemate Dick Turpin.

Aidan O’Brien has only one option in the shape of Cape Blanco, while his old adversary Saeed Bin Suroor has just Rio De La Plata.

Ransom Note and Cityscape complete the field.

Hannon confirmed on his website about a potential racecourse gallop for his colt.

“Canford Cliffs is in terrific form and we are all looking forward to meeting Goldikova,” he said.

“The French mare is a legend, but racing is all about competition and let’s hope we have a great race.

“The plan is to give Canford Cliffs a gallop on Thursday, but whether we go to Newbury to work on the grass or head down the M3 for a spin around the Polytrack (at Kempton) depends on what the weather does between now and then.

“I’d love to go to Newbury, but if the ground is too fast we won’t take any chances.”

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