The greatest show on turf kicks off tonight our time, with 3 G1s and a G2 the first 4 races to be run.
Plenty of Australian interest during the week, with Redkirk Warrior and Merchant Navy taking on the locals in the Diamond Jubilee.
But that race isn't til Saturday, and there's plenty of action before then.
Best clash on the opening day is in the King's Stand Stakes over 5f, with rocketships Battaash and Lady Aurelia blasting off as the top two in the betting. Battaash is pretty much the highest rated 5f sprinter in the world at present and Lady Aurelia won the race last year by panels and was successful at RA the year before.
While they dominate the market, each has vulnerabilities. Battaash can get very upset before his races and sometimes run them before the jump. Further, he broke slowly when winning narrowly first up. He won't want to do that here.
Lady Aurelia won this race like Usain Bolt last year, but didn't reproduce that level of performance again in 2017, culminating in a very meek effort at odds on at the Breeders Cup. Further, she was beaten at odds on in her lead this year. In 2017, she won the same lead up race easily.
An intriguing clash.
The Queen Anne opens the meeting and this year has a steady rather than outstanding field. Benbatl's facile victory over some quality Japanese gallopers looks the pick of the form, and his trainer and Godolphin certainly know how to win this race.
The St James' Palace Stakes is the third G1 of the day. While it doesn't feature the English Guineas winner, Saxon Warrior, the winner of the Irish version is here, along with the very impressive Frankel colt, Without Parole.
And a few of the horses talked up on this forum will be on show during the week - Calyx in tonight's G2 Coventry Stakes, Cracksman at odds on in the Price of Wales, Wootton in the St James' Palace Stakes and Hydrangea in the Duke of Cambridge.