Friday 15 December 2017

Lynam powers to sprint double

Eddie Lynam
Eddie Lynam

Eddie Lynam secured a remarkable sprint double at Royal Ascot after Slade Power stylishly claimed the Diamond Jubilee Stakes yesterday.

The Irish handler hit the target with Sole Power for a second consecutive season in the King’s Stand Stakes on Tuesday and added a second Group One of the week courtesy of his talented stablemate.

Slade Power won as the 7/2 favourite under Wayne Lordan, with fellow Irish challenger Due Diligence second. Aljamaaheer was an honourable third for trainer Roger Varian and jockey Paul Hanagan.

“He travelled real well, I got there a little bit soon and he rolled around with me, but I had plenty left and I’m delighted,” said Lordan afterwards.

The 14-runner field split into two groups, but it soon became evident that the quintet on the near side were always chasing the game.

Due Diligence’s jockey, Ryan Moore, was aware of this and nudged towards the middle of the track with three furlongs to run.

The War Front colt was snatched up by the winner very late in the piece, but it made little difference to the outcome — even though the stewards held a brief inquiry.

Slade Power was always handy towards the far side, where Astaire made the running before he grew a little weary inside the final furlong.

Lynam’s five-year-old entire had already taken the lead by then, and was kept honestly up to his work to score by a length and a half.

Aljamaaheer was another head away in third.

The victorious trainer was winning at Royal Ascot for a third time from just four runners this week after Anthem Alexander had also hit the mark in the Queen Mary Stakes on Wednesday.

Commenting on his golden week, the Co Meath handler said: “It’s been a great week and there is nowhere I like winning more than here. I love the place.”

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