Belfast Telegraph

Monday 14 July 2014

The Punter: No Secret about the Jubilee outcome

The Golden Jubilee Stakes is the second of the big sprints at Royal Ascot this week and Saturday's race should be a cracker especially if yesterday's King's Stand second and third Take Over Target and Fleeting Spirit are in the line up.

Target was beaten a head by Soldier's Tale in the Jubliee last year, but the Jubilee race does not suit five furlong specialists such as the aforementioned pair and it's best to look elsewhere.

Soldiers Tale landed a right old fashioned touch 12 months ago when backed down from 20-1 to 9s and has been lightly raced for his attempt at a second successive victory.

But he has not run since and has been plagued by injuries, and it would be some training performance if he came back to win here.

Marchand d'Or is fancied to make it a rare triumph for the French after his success in the Group 2 Prix du Gros-Chene at Chantilly where he beat yesterday's King Stand Stakes winner Equiano by a neck.

If the Spanish can win, why not the French?

Freddy Head's grey looked a bit special that day and it was his first run in six months. He is a proven six-furlong performer as seen when he beat Dutch Art at Deavuille last August.

He also ran ran a blinder in going down by three-quarters of a length To Red Clubs in the Haydock Sprint and that race may hold the key to success.

However, it is the horse who was favourite for that race but could only finish fifth after the ground was overwatered, who can strike gold.

No three-year-old sprinter in Europe displayed such rapid improvement as Sakhee's Secret did last season.

His 2007 season started with a victory in a hot handicap at Newmarket (rated 93) and reached its dizzy heights with a sizzling success in the July Cup at Newmarket's to earn a top rating of 120.

Sakhee's first outing this season was in the five furlongs Group 3 Palace House Stakes when a fast-finishing neck second behind Captain Gerard, giving that horse a stone.

All his five wins have been over six furlongs and trainer Hugh Morrison is sure to have him spot on for Saturday. Definitely a bet at 4-1, and one to nothing each-way.

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