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COUNTDOWN TO ROYAL ASCOT: five fascinating duels to savour

Rhododendron pips Lightning Spear to victory in the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes at Newbury last month. Now they are set to meet again at Royal Ascot.
Rhododendron pips Lightning Spear to victory in the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes at Newbury last month. Now they are set to meet again at Royal Ascot.

This year’s Royal Ascot throws up some fascinating duels to savour in big Group One races that are part of the Qipco Champions Series.

Horses who have clashed before are set to renew rivalry in a series of heavyweight head-to-heads. Here are five of the best to look forward to: