The Racing Post's preview of June's top class racing

June is bursting with top-class racing, starting on the first day with the Investec Derby at Epsom, a raceday even the Queen has in her diary as she has only missed the race twice in 70 years.

The monarch watched her colours carried ten times in the raced with Aureole coming closest when second in 1953.

The Queen has no representative this year as Aidan O’Brien, seeking a seventh Derby,  is set to descend with seven runners, headed by his Chester Vase winner Sir Dragonet, who has been ante-post favourite, as well as Lingfield Derby Trial winner Anthony Van Dyck and Broome, who dominate the betting.

There is also the thrilling sight of around 20 sprinters descending the fastest five furlongs in racing in the Investec Dash earlier in the afternoon.

There is a 17 day wait for Royal Ascot to start but then there is five days of some of the best racing in the world.

Top hats and designer summer frocks are not essential but the fashion stakes are just as much fun as the racing which starts with a bang as there are three Group 1 races on the first day on June 18.

It is five days that attracts all the big names in the sport with Godolphin and Coolmore going head to head with the likes of Aidan O’Brien, John Gosden, Mark Johnston, Charlie Appleby, Saeed bin Suroor and the most successful trainer at the meeting Sir Michael Stoute all searching for big winners.

Accidental Agent, a 33-1 winner of the first of them that is the Queen Anne, will be back for a repeat bid but could face the likes of popular filly Laurens and the remarkable Barney Roy, who retired to stud but proved a flop and returned a winner In France for the Godolphin operation.

The meeting is also expected to see the return of one of the top fillies in training, Sea Of Class, who was second in the Arc at Longchamp in France last October. She holds an entry in the Group 1 Prince Of Wales’s Stakes on the second day.

There is something for every one from the Group 1 sprints that are set to feature the likes of Calyx, Mabs Cross, Blue Point and Invincible Army to the stayers, headed by Stradivarius defending his Ascot Gold Cup against Godolphin’s Cross Counter on the Thursday.

by The Racing Post's Bruce Jackson at Rewards4Racing

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