The second race of Royal Ascot 2012 is the King's Stand Stakes, a Group 1 sprint at the minimum trip of five furlongs. It will welcome the first Australian invader of the week in the shape of Ortensia, and there are a number of contenders in what is a high quality renewal of this race.
Bated Breath (6/1 To Win The King's Stand Stakes) - The winner of the Temple Stakes at Haydock looks to have a solid claim here, as long as the ground continues to dry. He got the better of Sole Power that day who appears here too, and Roger Charlton is confident with the right run and crucially the right ground that he will be in contention at the end.
Ortensia (6/1 To Win The King's Stand Stakes) - Winner of the Al Quoz Sprint on Dubai World Cup night, trainer Paul Messara has been bullish about his charges chances, despite her only having raced at the trip once (Dubai) since her juvenile season. Has bags of speed and Aussie raiders have a good record here, with the likes of Choisir, Scenic Blast and miss Andretti all having won this.
Wizz Kid (6/1 To Win The King's Stand Stakes) - This French filly has seen a great deal of market support in recent days, with two Group wins coming on ground with a bit of cut in it in the last year, beating the re-opposing Stepper Point and Prohibit. Drying ground on course could thwart the gamble and the high draw here probably won't make things any easier.
Sole Power (10/1 To Win The King's Stand Stakes) - Second to Bated Breath in the Temple Stakes, but didn't get the run of that race and with the ground on the easy side of has been backed to reverse the form at Haydock.