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KESTENNA: Royal Ascot port of call for previous Kempton heroine

Former Kempton star Kestenna bids for Royal Ascot glory this Friday

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Royal Ascot - Kestenna - Frankie Dettori - John Gosden - John & Thady Gosden - Sandringham Handicap

February’s Sunbury-on-Thames winner Kestenna heads to Royal Ascot on Friday for the Sandringham Stakes as she bids for a third career success.

Friday is the penultimate day of racing for the 2021 renewal of Royal Ascot

The John & Thady Gosden trained three-year-old landed back-to-back wins at Wolverhampton and Kempton in the winter before being turned over at short odds on her return to the Surrey track in April.

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John (pictured) & Thady Gosden have celebrated three winners at the first two days at Royal Ascot

She then finished a creditable fifth on her turf debut in the Oaks Farm Stables at York last month and the only substantial piece of form from that contest has been positive since.

WATCH: ROYAL ASCOT CONTENDER KESTENNA LAST WON AT KEMPTON BACK IN FEBRUARY [CREDIT: RACING TV]

Opening on a handicap mark of 97, she partners Frankie Dettori who, up until Wednesday evening, had already clocked up two winners at the Royal Meeting in Berkshire.

Frankie Dettori celebrated 75 Royal Ascot winners in Berkshire earlier this week

At the declaration stage for the £75,000 contest, which is the fifth of the day on the penultimate afternoon of flat racing’s biggest stage, the Pride Of Dubai daughter rivals Aidan O’Brien’s Friendly at the head of the market.

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Aidan O’Brien is yet to register victory in the Sandringham Handicap

The latter mentioned remains a maiden after eight starts and partners Ballydoyle retained rider Ryan Moore aiming to shed her winless tag.

WATCH: ONASSIS GAVE HAYLEY TURNED AND CHARLIE FELLOWES BACK-TO-BACK WINS IN THE SANDRINGHAM AT ROYAL ASCOT IN 2020 [CREDIT: AT THE RACES]

Former Kempton silver medalist Glesga Gal is seeking the hat-trick and is a prominent figure in the betting for Hugo Palmer, while duel winning rider in this race Hayley Turner is aboard Richard Spencer’s Professional Widow.

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