It was a magical first day at Royal Ascot, but the meeting didn’t get off to the best start for Dubai World Cup winner Animal Kingdom. According to Team Valor boss Barry Irwin’s column in today’s Thoroughbred Daily News (READ HERE), Animal Kingdom got remarkably studdish before the final race of his career.
“I am convinced that Animal Kingdom lost his mojo when his stud career began 20 minutes before he ran in the Queen Anne.”
Declaration of War took the spoils to start a massively successful run for the Irish. Watch the race below.
Sole Power, fourth in the 2013 Al Quoz Sprint (G1) and second in 2012, got the better of Shea Shea in the King’s Stand (G1) , reversing the exacta from the Meydan Sprint. While it seems Sole Power was just missing on level courses, his best winning runs have seemingly been on undulating ground, and he nipped Shea Shea when the two were spread across the course. Watch the King’s Stand below.