Ground rules Sole Power out of King’s Stand Stakes

Sole Power - Richard Hughes

Sole Power (near): had been 20-1 chance for the King’s Stand Stakes

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SOLE POWER, twice a winner of the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot, will miss the race this year having been taken out of the Group 1 sprint due to the ground.

The going on the straight course at Ascot was good to soft on Monday morning with showers due before the King’s Stand Stakes, one of three Group 1 contests on the opening day of the meeting.

Sole Power had been a 20-1 chance for the King’s Stand Stakes behind favourite Mecca’s Angel, who is into 5-2 for victory with second favourite Acapulco also a non-runner.

Time Test will not be lining up at the meeting at all after trainer Roger Charlton elected to target the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown next month instead of the Prince of Wales’s Stakes on Wednesday.

Charlton wrote on Twitter: “Time Test will not be declared to run in the Prince of Wales and he will be aimed at the Eclipse. Hoping for quicker ground.”

Gatsby headache

Japanese raider A Shin Hikari heads six declarations for the Prince of Wales’s Stakes along with My Dream Boat, The Grey Gatsby, Western Hymn, Found and Tryster.

The Grey Gatsby’s trainer Kevin Ryan will be keeping a close eye on the weather in the run up to Wednesday with the Hardwicke Stakes on Saturday also an option.

He said: “The Grey Gatsby is in great form, he’s bursting to run. It’s just unfortunate we’ve got a headache to see what the weather does over the next 48 hours.

“Good ground is ideal for him and he would probably get away with the easy side of good, but he’s tried soft ground before and just doesn’t handle it. He’s also in the Hardwicke Stakes. We will see how much rain materialises.”


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