Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 22 July 2014

Power primed for Shea rematch

Sole Power winning the 2013 King's Stand

Sole Power and Shea Shea are set to do battle again in the King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot on Tuesday after being separated by just a neck 12 months ago.

Edward Lynam's Irish raider got the better of the South African challenger thanks to a brilliant ride by Johnny Murtagh.

Murtagh is now retired but Ryan Moore has quickly struck up a great partnership with the seven-year-old, winning the Palace House Stakes at Newmarket last month. However, the Mike de Kock-trained Shea Shea came out on top on the two occasions they met at Meydan in March.

"Sole Power runs on Tuesday. Ryan Moore rides him in the King's Stand," said Lynam.

"Johnny (Murtagh) was brilliant on him last year as we know and Ryan is a good jockey and gets on well with him too.

"I believe they are starting to water Ascot, which is a worry for Sole Power. The rain hasn't stopped for 48 hours and they are out with the sprinklers. He's in good form and takes his chance."

There are 23 horses remaining in the five-furlong Group One feature at the six-day confirmation stage.

Pearl Secret, who was third in 2013, is likely to try again for trainer David Barron. His owners Qatar Racing have a major player in the Kevin Ryan-trained Hot Streak, who defeated Pearl Secret by half a length in the Temple Stakes at Haydock last month.

Godolphin pin their hopes on Charlie Appleby's Ahtoug, who had Shea Shea head back in third when just touched off by Amber Sky in the Al Quoz Sprint at Meydan in the spring.

Aidan O'Brien has four possibles in Darwin, Due Diligence, Fountain Of Youth and Guerre, while there is an American hopeful in the shape of the five-year-old Ancil, trained in Keeneland by Joan Scott. Among the British entry are Jack Dexter, Medicean Man, Moviesta, Steps and Green Door.

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