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Weekend Sport Preview – 22 June: Horse Racing, Tennis and Cricket

Hat's at the ready – it's Royal Ascot

Summer has arrived and there's plenty of sizzling sport to match the temperature this weekend. Here are three top events to mark your card with, including the women’s Ashes, the Cinch Championships and Royal Ascot...

Royal Ascot

We'll be rubbing shoulders with Hi Majesty King Charles on Friday and Saturday as the blue riband event of the flat racing season reaches its climax. On Friday, there's the Coronation Stakes to look forward to, where heavy favorite Tahiyra looks like to battle it out against Meditate. While Saturday sees the big one, The Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Stakes, where Highfield Princess, Artorius and Wellington are all well-fancied to take top prize. 

How to watch: Royal Ascot is live on ITV1 and ITVX each day from 1:30pm

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The Cinch Championships at Queen's Club

You know summer has officially started when Queen's Club gets underway. On Wednesday, there was disappointment for the home fans when Andy Murray – who had won back-to-back grass-court competitions going into the tournament – couldn't find a way past impressive Australian star Alex De Minaur. But there's still hope for the British stars – Cameron Norrie faces American Sebastian Korda in Friday's quarter-finals, having battled past another Aussie, Jordan Thompson. Joe Salisbury and Neal Skupski will also be flying the flag in the semi-finals of the men's doubles.

Meanwhile, at the Birmingham Classic, Britain's Harriet Dart has made the quarter-finals after a run that includes an impressive win over Ukrainian fifth seed Anhelina Kalinina. All this bodes well for Wimbledon, which gets underway on 3 July. To find out about our latest packages, call our sales team on 0141 357 2712.

How to watch: The Cinch Championships is live on BBC Two, BBC Red Button and BBC iPlayer

The Women's Ashes

After the drama of the men's Ashes last weekend, it's now the turn of England and Australia's women to battle it out. The format is a little different, with one-day and T20 clashes between the two nations counting towards the result of the series, although Test matches carry added significance as they're worth four points, double the total awarded for victory in each of the white ball games. 

On Thursday, Australia won the toss and chose to bat first - a decision that paid off as they made an outstanding start, with skipper Ellyse Perry and Talia McGrath both hitting half-centuries. England's cause wasn't helped by three dropped catches, and they'll have their work cut out to stop the tourists, who are in sensational form having lifted a sixth T20 World Cup earlier this year. That said, with record crowds for a women's game at Trent Bridge, the home side will have plenty of backing. Don't bet against Heather Knight and her team!

How to watch: Watch the women's Ashes live on Sky Sports Cricket this weekend