King's Stand Stakes (British Champions Series & Global Sprint Challenge) (Group 1) 5f
- (3yo+, 5f, Class 1, 16 runners)
- Winner £212,662 2nd £80,625 3rd £40,350 4th £20,100
- Going: Good
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 0m 58.85s
- Off time: 15:45:48
|1st||9 Sole Power||5/1|
|2nd||10 Stepper Point||1¼||50/1|
|3rd||16 Hot Streak||nk||3/1f|
|6||130 9-4||C Appleby||William Buick||116||16/1|
Ancil (USA) 46
|5||130 9-4 t1||Joan Scott||James Doyle||103||66/1|
Es Que Love (IRE) 34
|5||130 9-4 p1||C G Cox||A Kirby||108||12/1|
Jack Dexter 24
|5||130 9-4||J S Goldie||G Lee||113||20/1|
Medicean Man 80
|8||130 9-4 pt||J Gask||Harry Bentley||112||33/1|
Pearl Secret 24
|5||130 9-4||T D Barron||O Peslier||115||8/1|
Rex Imperator 15
|5||130 9-4 p||W J Haggas||L Dettori||110||25/1|
Shea Shea (SAF) 80
|7||130 9-4||M F De Kock||C Soumillon||116||9/2|
Sole Power 45
|7||130 9-4||E Lynam||R Hughes||115||5/1|
Stepper Point 16
|5||130 9-4 p||W R Muir||Martin Dwyer||110||50/1|
Steps (IRE) 10
|6||130 9-4 b||R Varian||K Fallon||110||12/1|
Take Cover 213
|7||130 9-4||D C Griffiths||David Probert||103||50/1|
Green Door 248
|3||124 8-12||O Stevens||Jim Crowley||107||66/1|
Guerre (USA) 50
|3||124 8-12||A P O'Brien||R L Moore||110||8/1|
Hot Streak (IRE) 24
|3||124 8-12||K A Ryan||J P Spencer||117||3/1f|
Justice Day (IRE) 15
|3||124 8-12||D R C Elsworth||P Hanagan||108||66/1|
||5||91||J Hughes||Liam Jones||105||NR|
||6||9-4||E Lynam||J P Murtagh||8/1|
The first four in last year's renewal take up arms once again. Sole Power beat Shea Shea a neck in 2013 with Pearl Secret and Jack Dexter following them home. The former pair look sure to go close again, despite Olivier Peslier's presence on Pearl Secret who found Hot Streak too good in the Temple Stakes last month. The latter had earlier finished third to Sole Power at Newmarket and should be bang there at the finish. It was 2008 the last time a three-year-old landed this prize but GUERRE was impressive when beating top-class sprinter Maarek at Naas. Admittedly, he was getting plenty of weight on his first start since September but there should be lots more to come from the O'Brien colt and a bold bid is expected. Steps finished ahead of Medicean Man when scoring over track and trip in October, although Ahtoug has beaten both in the past and the Godolphin charge makes more appeal in this.
Caledonia Lady 8-1 (9-3) Took keen hold, held up in last pair, headway 2f out, went 2nd over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on well, driven out (hand timed), won at Nottingham 6f fll lst stks (1) gs in May beating Spinatrix (9-3) by 1 3/4l, 7 ran.
Sole Power 9-4fav (9-2) In touch, headway and switched right just inside final furlong, quickened to lead towards finish, won at Newmarket 5f Grp 3 (1) gf in May beating Kingsgate Native (9-2) by 1/2l, 11 ran.
Stepper Point 15-2 (9-2) 4th of 6, 3l behind Rangali (8-9) at Chantilly(FR) 5f Grp 2 (1) gd.
Hot Streak (IRE) 9-4fav (8-10) With leader, led narrowly 3f out, shaken up over 1f out, ridden and edged left inside final furlong, held on towards finish, won at Haydock 5f Grp 2 (1) sft in May beating Pearl Secret (9-4) by 1/2l, 9 ran.
Medicean Man 16-1 (9-0) 4th of 12, 1 3/4l behind Amber Sky (9-0) at Meydan(UAE) 5f Grp 1 (1) gd in Mar.
Ahtoug 12-1 (9-0) 2nd of 12, nk behind Amber Sky (9-0) at Meydan(UAE) 5f Grp 1 (1) gd in Mar.
Steps (IRE) 6-1fav (9-12) Slowly into stride, held up towards rear, good headway near side over 1f out, not clearest of runs and squeezed through entering final furlong, strong run inside final furlong, finished well, almost snatched 3rd, not reach leaders, 4th of 19, 1/2l behind Caspian Prince (9-0) at Epsom Downs 5f hcp (2) gd.
Jack Dexter 6-1 (9-4) Mid-division, effort to chase leaders when not clear run over 1f out, driven and stayed on inside final furlong, never able to reach leaders, 5th of 9, 4l behind Hot Streak (8-10) at Haydock 5f Grp 2 (1) sft in May.
Take Cover 7-1 (9-2) Soon pressed leader, led over 2f out, edged right from over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, rallied close home, 2nd of 11, nk behind Valbchek (9-2) at Lingfield 6f Listed stks (1) pol in Nov.
Es Que Love (IRE) 12-1 (9-8) In touch, ridden and headway over 1f out, not clear run and switched left inside final furlong, stayed on, 3rd of 13, 2l behind Maarek (9-13) at York 6f Grp 2 (1) sft in May.
Pearl Secret 10-3 (9-4) Mid-division, switched towards far side rail and headway 2f out, went 2nd over 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, stayed on to press winner towards finish, just held, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind Hot Streak (8-10) at Haydock 5f Grp 2 (1) sft in May.
Shea Shea (SAF) 11-10fav (9-0) 3rd of 12, 1/2l behind Amber Sky (9-0) at Meydan(UAE) 5f Grp 1 (1) gd in Mar.
Green Door 20-1 (9-0) Took keen hold held up, weakened over 1f out, last of 10, 26l behind Astaire (9-0) at Newmarket 6f 2yo Grp 1 (1) gs in Oct.
Justice Day (IRE) 9-1 (8-6) Chased leaders, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on and well held, 4th of 14, 2 1/4l behind Rocky Ground (9-0) at Windsor 6f Listed stks (1) gd.
Ancil (USA) 12-1 (8-8) 8th of 9, 8l behind Marchman (8-8) at Churchill Downs(USA) 5f Grp 3 gd in May.
Rex Imperator 7-1 (9-0) Held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 2nd of 14, 2l behind Rocky Ground (9-0) at Windsor 6f Listed stks (1) gd.
Guerre (USA) 11-4fav (9-0) Soon tracked leaders in far side group to 2f out where led, asserted 1f out, stayed on well inside final furlong, comfortably, won at Naas 5f Listed stks (1) in Apr beating Maarek (10-0) by 1 1/2l, 10 ran.