The Ed Lynam-trained Sole Power did what hasn’t been done for 70 years, repeat as winner in the King’s Stand Stakes (G1) at the Royal Ascot meeting. With another lightning turn of hoof, Sole Power slalomed through the field on the far side of the course to land the win (watch the video below). Meydan handicap winner Medicean Man ran a good fourth in the race, while Ahtoug was fifth. Shea Shea was slow away from the stalls yet again and never picked-up in a disappointment for the 2013 Al Quoz Sprint winner.
Earlier on the card, Toronado claimed victory with 2013 Godolphin Mile winner Soft Falling Rain was sixth in the Queen Anne Stakes (G1).
2014 UAE Derby fourth Giovanni Boldini goes in the Jersey Stakes (G3) to start the Wednesday programme, with Dubai World Cup (G1) second Mukhadram making his first start since in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes (G1), meeting wonder-filly Treve, Dubai Duty Free third Dank, along with World Cup meeting also-rans (and quality among them) in Magician and The Fugue, plus Maktoum Challenge trier Zambucca.
Cape Verdi winner Certify is back in the Duke of Cambridge Stakes (G2) joined by Balanchine champion L’Amour De Ma Vie, unraced since an eleventh in the Jebel Hatta (G1).
More than a third of the field in the Royal Hunt Cup, expected to see 30 go to the post, have raced at the Dubai World Cup Carnival in the last two seasons. We anticipate seeing Belgian Bill have a good chance, a winner of this race two years ago, and now owned in partnership with the Emirates Entertainment Racing Club. Feedyah, last seen when second in the UAE Oaks (G3) is among the runners for the Sandringham Handicap to close the day.