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Snowfall could be on her way to the Yorkshire Oaks this summer
Snowfall could be on her way to the Yorkshire Oaks this summer

King George entry list confirmed

Love and Adayar will go head-to-head in the King George Stakes at Ascot on Saturday in what is likely to be a thrilling duel.

The pair will be joined by four more challengers for the famous Group One sprint.

Love, trained by Ballydoyle handler Aidan O'Brien, enters as the favourite, having run superbly in the Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot last month in her seasonal reappearance.

But Charlie Appleby is confident Adayar can match her stride for stride, with the son of Frankel arriving at Ascot on the back of a win in the Derby at Epsom in June.

He said: "We always felt, from 24 hours after the Derby, that we'd go to the King George because he's a big individual who needs a gap between his races and it would give him time to develop."

Snowfall set for Yorkshire Oaks run

Aidan O'Brien says Snowfall could follow in the footsteps of her stablemate Love by running in the Yorkshire Oaks.

The three-year-old has won on each of her three races, including a double Group One success - first in the Oaks at Epsom before the Irish Oaks win at the Curragh.

O'Brien is keen to defend his crown after Love won at York last year and insists Snowfall is a contender for the race.

He said: "It's a strong possibility. We have to get her back into full work and then discuss it with the lads to see what they want to do.

"She'll be on the programme for all those sorts of races. And after two weeks more of work, we'll have a chat with the team."

Poetic Flare leads Sussex chase

Jim Bolger's Poetic Flare looks the one to beat at Goodwood next week
Jim Bolger's Poetic Flare looks the one to beat at Goodwood next week

Poetic Flare will face a maximum of 11 rivals in the Qatar Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood on Wednesday.

The Jim Bolger-trained three-year-old has been very busy so far this year after making five starts.

But he appears to be thriving in the limelight and has won three times this year, including the 2000 Guineas Stakes at Newmarket and the St James' Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.

He will now aim to add to his Group One tally, though he will face likely competition in the form of O'Brien's Breeders' Cup Mile winner Order Of Australia and Queen Anne runner-up Lope Y Fernandez.

Elsewhere, rivalries could resume with Richard Hannon's Snow Lantern and the Andrew Balding-trained Alcohol Free both confirmed.

Harrington excited for Alpine Star comeback

Former Coronation Stakes winner Alpine Star will make her seasonal reappearance on Friday, as she races at York in the British Stallion Studs EBF Lyric Fillies' Stakes.

The daughter of Sea The Moon ran brilliantly to claim the Group One prize at the royal meeting last summer.

She then followed that up with a trio of second places, going down by under a length in French Oaks, the Prix Jacques le Marois and the Prix de l'Opera.

She is now primed for what should be a straightforward comeback task in the Listed race and trainer Jessica Harrington is excited to see her back in action.

Harrington said: "It's a nice little start off for her and then we can plan for the autumn. We've got loads of options.

"She had a little setback earlier in the year, which is why we didn't get to run her.

"This is a nice place for her to start and a nice opportunity. She doesn't have to carry a penalty and is taking on just fillies, so let's hope all goes well."

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