Racing: Killer heads for Ascot

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KILLER INSTINCT is still on course for the St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot on Tuesday. There had been a report that the "talking horse," one-time favourite for the 2,000 Guineas, had run his last race in Britain and was set for export to the United States.

But he was confirmed yesterday for the St James's Palace by Henry Cecil, his trainer, who will try the three-times beaten favourite in a visor. Cecil has withdrawn Enrique, the 2,000 Guineas and Irish 2,000 Guineas runner-up, who is set to be diverted to the following day's Jersey Stakes.

Godolphin will be represented by the unbeaten Aljabr, last season's leading European juvenile. With doubts about the participation of Kayf Tara, last year's winner, in the Gold Cup on Thursday, his Godolphin stablemate, Nedawi, was cut from 12-1 to 8-1 for the race by Coral yesterday.

ST JAMES'S PALACE STAKES (Royal Ascot, Tuesday): William Hill: 9-4 Sendawar, 5-1 Aljabr, 7-1 Mujahid, Orpen, 10-1 Mus-If, Slipstream, 11-1 Gold Academy, 14-1 Alrassaam, Exeat, Rhythm Band, 16-1 Killer Instinct, 20-1 Desaru, 25-1 Bertolini, 33-1 others