To call Saturday’s Golden Jubilee at Royal Ascot one of the world’s most contentious sprint races in recent memory would seem an understatement. This race brings a bit of everything – and form from Meydan is all over the card. KINSALE KING, winner of the 2010 Dubai Golden Shaheen (G1) makes his first start since that win over Rocket Man. JOY AND FUN, winner of the 2010 Al Quoz Sprint (G3), makes his second start since the Meydan spoils, following a disappointing sixth over heavier ground in Singapore.
FRAVASHI, second in the Al Quoz, makes his first start back and now has the services of Frankie Dettori.
SIR GERRY, the winner of the first six-furlong sprint race at Meydan, just picked up his first win since when landing a Listed race at Salisbury. WAR ARTIST, the 2010 Al Shindagha Sprint (G3) victor, and fourth in the Al Quoz, gets a jump in the Golden Jubilee as well, and is now trained by Alain Royer Dupre.
Add Aussie Group 1 winner STARSPANGLEDBANNER, VARENAR – the only horse to recently defeat Goldikova (2009 Prix Foret), Darley July Cup winner FLEETING SPIRIT, course and distance winning SAYIF, and Hong Kong’s fast-closing third in the KrisFlyer Sprint, HAPPY ZERO – and well, you have just a dandy horse race.