Australian sprinters in Royal Ascot gallop

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Platinum Jubilee Stakes favourite Home Affairs and his Australian stablemate Nature Strip have had their first taste of Ascot with a racecourse spin.

The Chris Waller-trained stars have taken the trip to Britain in their stride and settled in well their temporary Lambourn home, about 100km west of London.

"It was pretty much a perfect trip - they had two stopovers, one in Singapore and one in Dubai," Waller said.

"Collectively they drank 120 litres of water on the flight and I think that's the key for anyone travelling, just making sure they're well hydrated.

"They put on a couple of kilos on the flight but now they're back to their normal weights, so they needed to do a little bit of work this morning.

"Today was their first piece of fast work for two weeks, they just needed a little bit of stimulation and I was pretty happy with what they did."

Waller, who counts Winx and last year's Melbourne Cup winner Verry Elleegant among his stable alumni, is not a total stranger to Royal Ascot having sent Brazen Beau to race in 2015.

The son of I Am Invincible came close to victory when runner-up in the then-Diamond Jubilee Stakes.

Asked what he learnt from his experience with Brazen Beau, Waller said: "That it would be achievable to win a race here one day.

"He ran very well and he was a good Australian sprinter, a young horse with a similar profile to Home Affairs.

"You've got to have a horse with a good temperament, they've got to be quick, they've got to be able to cope with good tracks or perhaps a bit of rain on the day as well.

"We almost pulled it off, so not much has changed really, we almost got it right and we'll try to get it right this time."

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