Stars lined up for Royal return

Across The Stars, won the King Edward VII Stakes last year

Across The Stars remains on course to try and register back-to-back victories at Royal Ascot after being given the go-ahead to tackle the Hardwicke Stakes.

Plans are in place to run the four-year-old in the Group Two contest as he seeks to follow up his victory in the King Edward VII Stakes at the meeting 12 months ago.

The Sir Michael Stoute-trained son of Sea The Stars finished down the field on his return to action last month in a Group Three at Newbury.

Bruce Raymond, racing manager to owner Saeed Suhail, said: "The plan is for Across The Stars to go for the Hardwicke at Royal Ascot.

"He is a pretty good horse as he is a Group Two winner, but has had a tendency to go wrong before his races as he just gets a temperature."

Across The Stars will be joined at the meeting by his hat-trick seeking stable mate City Of Joy, who is on course for a tilt at the Britannia Stakes.

Raymond added: "City Of Joy has done well winning his last two races and goes for the Britannia. As he is trained by Sir Michael Stoute, I am sure he will be one of the favourites."

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