Gorgeous George heads Queen Anne nine

Last updated at 19:22 13 June 2007


George Washington will face a maximum of eight rivals on his eagerly-awaited

return to the track in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot on Tuesday.

Aidan O'Brien's multi-talented colt missed the Royal meeting last year through

injury and Ascot racegoers thought their chance of seeing him in action had

disappeared when he was whisked off to stud following his brave effort in the

Breeders' Cup Classic.

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Aidan O'Brien

However, the four-year-old met with fertility problems in the mating shed and

his racing career has been resurrected, to the delight of his handler.

Taking him on will be dual Group One-winning filly Red Evie, who made a winning

seasonal return in the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury, beating a new recruit from

Godolphin in the process, Ramonti.

The Italian import will be in opposition once again, hoping to give Sheikh

Mohammed's operation a long-awaited first Group One win of the season. They

could also be represented by Notability.

James Fanshawe's Cesare, who won the Royal Hunt Cup at the meeting last year,

has, as expected, been supplemented.

Sir Michael Stoute's Jeremy, winner of the Jersey Stakes 12 months ago, steps

up in class to Group One level this year.

There could be two French representatives in the shape of Freddie Head's

Racinger and Francois Rohaut's Turtle Bowl. John Hills' Dark Islander completes

the line-up.

George Washington has been installed at a top-price 5-4 by both Stan James and

Bet365.

Stan James bet: 5-4 George Washington, 9-2 Cesare, Ramonti, 5-1 Red Evie, 12-1

Jeremy, 14-1 Racinger, 25-1 Turtle Bowl, 33-1 Notability, 50-1 Dark Islander.

Bet365: 5-4 George Washington, 4-1 Ramonti, 9-2 Cesare, Red Evie, 14-1 Jeremy,

16-1 Racinger, 25-1 Turtle Bowl, 33-1 Notability, 66-1 Dark Islander.

Coral bet: Evs George Washington, 9-2 Cesare, 5-1 Red Evie, Ramonti, 12-1

Jeremy, 14-1 Racinger, 20-1 Turtle Bowl, 25-1 Notability, 40-1 Dark Islander .

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