Royal Ascot Carnival

There are nine international runners representing Asian Federation countries running at the Royal Ascot meeting in June with four from Australia and Japan and one from Hong Kong.

The Group 1 Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes winner Criterion (NZ) is already in Newmarket after running third to Blazing Speed in the Group 1 Audemars Piguet QEII Cup at Sha Tin en-route.

There are four Kazuo Fujisawa trained entries from Japan; Group 1 winner Spielberg (JPN), Group 2 winner Lelouch (JPN), Pelusa (JPN) and Super Moon (JPN).

Spielberg won the Group 1 Tenno Sho (Autumn) in November, defeating Horse Of The Year Gentildonna, and he is set to meet Criterion in the Group 1 Prince Of Wales Stakes (2400m).

Also based in Newmarket are the Gai Waterhouse trained Group 1 Australian Guineas winner Wandjina (AUS), Chris Waller trained dual Group 1 winner Brazen Beau (AUS) and the Robert Smerdon trained Group 1 winner Shamal Wind.

From Hong Kong the John Moore trained Able Friend (AUS) tuned up for his flight to England with a trial over the turf at Sha Tin on last week.

The Longines current joint highest rated horse in the world won the Group 1 The Champions Mile at Sha Tin earlier in May, without Hong Kong’s leading jockey Joao Moreira fully extending the four-year-old Shamardal gelding.