Royal Ascot 2015: Shamal Wind to spoil party for record-seeking Sole Power   Leave a comment

Royal Ascot 2015: Shamal Wind to spoil party for record-seeking Sole Power

Robert Smerdon’s Shamal Wind is trying to become the fifth Australian conqueror of the Ki

Robert Smerdon’s Shamal Wind is trying to become the fifth Australian conqueror of the King’s Stand Stakes since 2003. Picture: George Salpigtidis Source: News Corp Australia

SHAMAL Wind will attempt to restore Australia’s Royal Ascot sprinting reputation by depriving Irish veteran Sole Power of a rare piece of King’s Stand Stakes history on Tuesday night.

While Sole Power seeks to become the race’s first triple winner — and its oldest victor at eight — Shamal Wind bids to follow an illustrious Australian pathway.

Robert Smerdon’s Oakleigh Plate winner is trying to become the fifth Australian conqueror of the King’s Stand since 2003.

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Choisir (’03), Takeover Target (’06) Miss Andretti (07) and Scenic Blast (’09) established Australia’s envied sprint status with victories in the opening-day feature.

And with King’s Stand placings to Takeover Target (2nd), Star Witness (2nd) and Magnus (3rd), our raiders are viewed with respect and suspicion.

Shamal Wind is no exception.

Purchased by agent James Harron for owners Donna and Rob Love, Shamal Wind has thrived at Newmarket.

“She has taken the travelling well. She is a tough mare with a determined attitude,” Smerdon said.

“It is a great a mare of her age still being competitive at the top level.

“She would be below the form of horses like Brazen Beau and Lankan Rupee in Australia but she has got great form when she is a fresh from a break.

Damien Oliver jumps aboard Shamal Wind before a Cranbourne trial. Picture: Derrick den Ho

Damien Oliver jumps aboard Shamal Wind before a Cranbourne trial. Picture: Derrick den Hollander Source: News Corp Australia

“She’s only beaten once first-up in her career, and she was unlucky on that occasion.

“She has got a very good off a break fresh over 1000m and looking at the track, she’ll be well suited. I think her style of racing will carry her in good stead.

“Royal Ascot is one the great international meetings of the whole calendar and it’s a marvellous position to be in.

“I worked in Epsom many years ago but this will be my first visit to Royal Ascot.”

Ireland’s Sole Power is one of only 11 horses to have won the 1000m sprint twice.

Like Shamal Wind, he is a backmarker.

Shamal Wind with owners Donna and Rob Love earlier this year. Picture: Derrick den Hollan

Shamal Wind with owners Donna and Rob Love earlier this year. Picture: Derrick den Hollander Source: News Corp Australia

“His training has gone great,” his trainer Eddie Lynam said. “We’re very happy with him and he loves the place.

“I know it’s a big ask (to win three in a row), but we’re very hopeful.”

Brazen Beau’s trainer Chris Waller and owners opted against contesting the King’s Stand, electing to wait for Saturday’s Diamond Jubilee (1200m) because of weather and track factors.

Part-owner and managing director of Ontrack Thoroughbreds which syndicated the colt, Grant Morgan, said Brazen Beau was more likely to get a suitable firm track later in the week.

“In the end some consideration was given to running in both the King’s Stand and the Diamond Jubilee,” Morgan said.

“The King’s Stand was a strong possibility during planning stages but as Brazen Beau has continued to tick every box during his preparation the Diamond Jubilee swung back into favour.

“The weather forecast looks OK for a good to firm track for the Saturday. Any rain that is predicted at this stage seems more likely for early in the week.

“Chris felt that running in the King’s Stand could leave him flat for the Diamond Jubilee.

“He has an outstanding 1200m record up the straight and he has been strong through the line in both his Group 1 wins.”

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Posted June 16, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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