06/11/2005 12:00AM

'Beau' starts Ascot quest


Mighty Beau begins his bid for a Royal Ascot sprint double in the Group 2 King's Stand Stakes over five furlongs at York on Tuesday. If all goes well there, then it is on to the Group 1 Golden Jubilee Stakes, over an extra furlong, on Saturday.

The Royal Ascot meeting is being run at York because Ascot is being renovated. Construction is expected to be finished by next year's Royal Ascot meeting.

Mighty Beau's quest is by no means an impossible dream. The Australian-trained Choisir won both races two years ago, while the Hong Kong raider Cape of Good Hope ran second in the King's Stand last year and third, beaten two heads, in the Golden Jubilee.

The Jeff Mullins-trained Mighty Beau won the Grade 3 Aegon Turf Sprint Stakes at Churchill Downs last month. On Tuesday he faces five of the first six finishers in last year's King's Stand: The Tatling, Cape of Good Hope, Ringmoor Down, Majestic Missile, and Boogie Street.

Also on Tuesday, Rakti, an impressive winner of the Group 1 Juddmonte Lockinge Stakes at Newbury last month, will be odds-on to follow up in the Queen Anne Stakes, another Group 1 contest over a straight mile.

The Group 1 St. James's Palace Stakes on Tuesday will have one of Godolphin's top 3-year-olds. If it rains, then the Irish 2000 Guineas winner Dubawi will run, and if it stays dry, French Derby winner Shamardal will go.