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Racing news and tips: Harry Angel gives Clive Cox hope for Pavilion Stakes

• High-quality field for Group One trial at Ascot
• Commonwealth Cup the aim at Royal meeting in June

There are punters still alive today who can remember a time when the only racing at Ascot all year was during what was then a four-day Royal meeting in June. Now, the Queen’s track stages meetings both on the Flat and over jumps and in every month of the year bar March, but there is still a sense of significance about the first Flat racing of the year at Britain’s premier track and the Sagaro Stakes card on Wednesday afternoon is unlikely to disappoint.

The six-race programme now includes two important trials for Group Ones at the Royal meeting, as the introduction of the Commonwealth Cup for three-year-old sprinters in 2015 has already had a knock-on effect on the quality of the Group Three Pavilion Stakes. Upgraded from Listed status to Group Three when the new Group One parachuted straight into the Royal meeting’s programme, the Pavilion could earn a further rise in status in the near future if Wednesday’s renewal is any guide.

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