Mark Johnston suffered one of his rare blanks at Royal Ascot last year but followers can rest assured that the Middleham trainer will be even more determined to erase that statistic at a meeting where he has soaked up success in the past.
Double Trigger set the ball rolling in 1995 when proving him with the first of three Gold Cup wins for the stable and one his staying stalwarts Oriental Fox will be looking to regain his crown in the Queen Alexandra Stakes which he took in 2015 before finishing fourth 12 months ago.
Mark has been crowned champion trainer himself in 2003 and 2004 and he will be bidding for win number 40 at the meeting this time around. As always, he has strong depth in the two-year-old division and his older handicappers have earnt their corn at this meeting over the year in some of the toughest heats.
Johnston has a strong team once more and Charlie Johnston, assistant to his father, kindly guided Tony Elves of attheraces.com through their hopes for the five days of the meeting.