Slade Power Bids for Royal Double for Lynam

Slade Power Bids for Royal Double for Lynam
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Slade Power won the 2013 QIPCO British Champions Sprint by a neck.
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Slade Power could provide trainer Eddie Lynam with a top-level sprint double at Royal Ascot when he bids for a breakthrough group I win in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes June 21, closing day.

Lyman sent out stablemate Sole Power for a second successive win in the King's Stand Stakes (Eng-I) for David and Sabena Power June 17, opening day of the Royal Ascot meet. Slade Power steps to the plate in the Diamond Jubilee with Lynam's hopes for a sweep of the meet's marquee sprints for the same owners.

Winner by a neck of the 2013 QIPCO British Champions Sprint (Eng-II) from Diamond Jubilee entrant Jack Dexter last October, Slade Power was a well-beaten 10th behind Lord Kanaloa and Sole Power in the Longines Hong Kong Sprint (HK-I) in December at Sha Tin to close the year. The 5-year-old son of Dutch Art comes in off an impressive two-length triumph in the Weatherbys Ireland Greenlands Stakes (Ire-III) May 24 at the Curragh in his 2014 debut. 

Slade Power meets 14 opponents in the six-furlong turf test, including Gordon Lord Byron, winner of the March 29 George Ryder Stakes (Aus-I) during a stint in Australia. The 6-year-old Byron gelding, trained by Irish-based Tom Hogan for Dr. Cyrus Poonawalla and Morgan J. Calahan, defeated Slade Power by three lengths last year in the Betfred Sprint Cup (Eng-I) at Haydock.

Other top contenders include Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum's Aljamaaheer, a group II winner last year who was second to Declaration of War in the 2013 Queen Anne Stakes (Eng-I) at Royal Ascot, and Coolmore and partners' 3-year-old Due Diligence. The son of War Front   enters with consecutive wins, including a six-furlong stakes June 2 at Naas, and makes his group stakes debut in the Diamond Jubilee.

Diamond Jubilee Stakes (Eng-I), 3YO & Up, six furlongs, turf

No., PP., Horse, Jockey, Weight, Trainer

1. 6. Aljamaaheer, P. Hanagan, 130, R. Varian
2. 15. American Devil, P. C. Boudot, 130, E. Libaud
3. 5. Darwin, J. P. O'Brien, 130, A. P. O'Brien
4. 8. Es Que Love, A. Kirby, 130, C. G. Cox
5. 1. Gordon Lord Byron, W. Buick, 130, T. Hogan
6. 7. Hawkeyethenoo, A. Atzeni, 130, J. S. Goldie
7. 10. Jack Dexter, G. Lee, 130, J. S. Goldie
8. 9. Medicean Man, H. Bentley, 130, J. Gask
9. 2. Montiridge, R. Hughes, 130, R. Hannon
10. 14. Music Master, D. Sweeney, 130, H. Candy
11. 4. Slade Power, W. M. Lordan, 130, E. Lynam  
12. 13. Tawhid, K. Fallon, 130, S. Suroor
13. 11. Tropics, R. Winston, 130, D. K. Ivory 
14. 3, Astaire, J. P. Spencer, 123, K. A. Ryan
15. 12. Due Diligence, R. L. Moore, 123, A. P. O'Brien
 

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