Society Ready to Rock in Diamond Jubilee Stakes
Trainer James Fanshawe was left fuming 12 months ago when Society Rock missed the break. He made rapid late headway under Johnny Murtagh but could never land a blow as Black Caviar scrambled home for a famous victory.
There has been no sign of any sluggishness from his sprinting star in his recent outings and the six-year-old son of Rock Of Gibraltar is looking to win the race for a second time having been successful in 2011.
As expected, South Africa’s Shea Shea has not been declared after his narrow defeat in the King’s Stand Stakes on the opening day. There is no Black Caviar this year but Australia still has a live chance with the five-year-old filly Sea Siren.
John O’Shea’s filly has three group one victories to her credit including a victory over seven furlongs. Her last win came back in October but a fine second at Doomben at the end of May suggests she could run a big race on Saturday.
Society Rock will also face a strong challenge from Gordon Lord Byron who stayed on well into third at York and chased him home in the Betfred Sprint Cup last season. Jim Goldie runs Hawkeyethenoo who looked a shade unlucky not to be closer than fourth in the Duke Of York Stakes. Goldie will have been encouraged by the fine run of Jack Dexter earlier in the week.
Lethal Force produced a career-best when second to Society Rock at York and will be in with a shout if reproducing that effort. Roger Charlton has declared Mince despite two disappointing efforts from the filly so far this season. She has won both of her previous races here and the yard are buzzing after Al Kazeem won the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes on Wednesday.
There are two three-year-olds set to take on their elders with Andrew Balding’s Zanetto and Rosdhu Queen, trained by William Haggas. Godolphin rely on Soul who was fourth last year whilst Aidan O’Brien runs Reply, a beaten favourite at Leopardstown last week.
Trainer Edward Lynam bids to complete the big sprint double with Slade Power following Sole Power’s victory on Tuesday. Maarek is allowed to take his chance despite a shock defeat at Cork last time out.