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Cape taking on big two

Cape Blanco is to drop back to a distance below a mile and a quarter for the first time since his two-year-old days in Tuesday's Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Aidan O'Brien's star, winner of last year's Irish Derby and Irish Champion Stakes, faces a clash of the titans as he takes on Goldikova and Canford Cliffs.

The trio are among a field of seven declared for the contest that opens the five-day extravaganza at the Berkshire track.

Freddie Head's Goldikova, winner of 13 Group Ones including this race last year and the Prix d'Ispahan on her return, will be accompanied by her pacemaker Flash Dance.

Canford Cliffs, who has won at the last two Royal meetings, started off this season with success in the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury.

His trainer Richard Hannon has, however, taken out Dick Turpin, who was the only absentee at the final declaration stage.

Godolphin's Rio De La Plata, the Barry Hills-trained Ransom Note and Cityscape from Roger Charlton's stable complete the field.

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