John Quinn has high hopes for Highfield Princess in the King's Stand Stakes

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Highfield Princess is fully on course for the King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot following her good return to action at York.

John Quinn's stable star gave best to the match-fit Azure Blue in the 1895 Duke of York Stakes, but nevertheless ran a fine race to finish second, beaten only half a length.

It is a result that gives hope the six-year-old can replicate the blistering form she showed last season when she entered the winner's enclosure on five occasions, picking up a hat-trick of QGroup One contests in the process.

The daughter of Night Of Thunder has shown her versatility over the years and although returning over six furlongs on the Knavesmire, she will drop back to the stiff five furlongs of the King's Stand when appearing at the Royal meeting next month.

"She's in grand nick and has come out of York fine," said Quinn.

"She will go to the King's Stand at Royal Ascot next, all being well."

It is 20 years since Aussie speedball Choisir did the King's Stand/Jubilee Stakes double, but although holding entries for both sprinting Group Ones at the showpiece fixture, Quinn is unsure if his flying mare will attempt to become just the second horse along with Blue Point to achieve that rare feat since.

"I don't know," he continued. "She's in both races and we'll jump the first hurdle and she will be in the other race if we so decided. Tuesday is the aim."

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