Leading Hunt Cup duo ruled out
Tamarkuz and Line Drummer, ante-post joint-favourites with most bookmakers, have been taken out of the Royal Hunt Cup at Royal Ascot.
The Saeed Bin Suroor-trained Tamarkuz has won his last two races, most recently winning by six lengths at Kempton back in October.
Bin Suroor also withdrew Masteroftherolls, Pied A Terre, Les Troyens, Famous Poet, My Freedom and I'm Back.
Aidan O'Brien's Line Drummer has also won the last twice and he returned to action with a most impressive display in heavy ground at Tipperary in early May.
Others among the 17 taken out include Ann Duffield's French Derby sixth Willie The Whipper, Baltic Knight and Montiridge.
A total of 10 were scratched from the Wokingham, including Tiddliwinks, Bogart, Top Offer and Steps.