SLADE SLAYED RIVALS

 soulAn unforgettable week for trainer Eddie Lynnam was crowned when Slade Power saw off some formidable opposition to win the Group One Diamond Jubilee Stakes.

 The five-year-old, who was sent off 7/2 favourite, was following stablemate Sole Power, winner of the King’s Stand Stakes on Tuesday. Lynam also saddled Anthem Alexander to win the Queen Mary Stakes on Wednesday.

“It’s without a doubt the best week of my training career but it’s just coincidence that I had the three best horses in the races,” said Lynam. “Trainers get 10 per cent for a reason – it’s only 10 per cent to do with us. I am very lucky to have very good horses, very good owners, a great family to back me up because I am hard to live with and marvellous staff.

“It has been a great week and there’s nowhere I like winning more than here. I love the place. Unfortunately, my wife got a very bad fall last April – she broke her back and her neck. She missed it here last year and, when you are married to a fellow like me you don’t expect to get back the next year and win again. It’s great – she’s here and she deserves it because she puts up with me, which takes a lot, and she is a big part of the outfit at home.

“We were happy to keep it simple with the tactics and it worked. I never had any doubts about the ground until reading the papers and watching the Morning Line earlier and I knew that he would pull up. He’s used to looking at one man and a dog at home, not the crowd of 70,000 he saw here. I saw a couple flying home but we got there and, because we bred him, it’s special.

“I’d like to thank Simon Knapp, the vet here, because 18 months ago we nearly lost the horse.

“He and Sole Power will run in the July Cup and Slade Power will wear the second colours. Sole Power is the elder statesman and will always wear the first colours. Don’t ask me to compare them – I’ve got three daughters and you’d get an easier answer if you asked me to compare them. It will be hard to watch the race. I had a monkey (£500) at 66/1 on the double this week, so that beats working!”

David Power, whose wife Sabena owns and bred the winner, added: “It was marvellous. The greatest thing of all with it happening this week is that Eddie’s wife  Aileen is able to be here. Last year, when Sole Power won the King’s Stand, Aileen was at home with five fractured vertebrae in her back and three broken bones in her neck, so she couldn’t travel. It’s great to have her here sharing in all this.”

Power’s son Paddy said:  “This doesn’t happen. You come into this week and you are kind of confident about this horse, hopeful and fingers crossed about Sole Power, who owes us nothing. When Sole wins, you say it can’t get better but it just did. I can’t describe it – it’s unbelievable.

“He’s the first horse my parents have ever bred – they are lucky enough as breeders – and he has a great year ahead of him. This is his year because he will probably retire after this year. He’s an entire horse so I would imagine he will run in all of the top sprints this year and then probably retire to stud. I am only the son of the owner – I don’t own the horse to make any decisions.”

 

POWER POWERS HOME

 Slade Power landed a famous double for owners David and Sabena Power and trainer Eddie Lynam in the Group One Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot this afternoon following Sole Power’s victory in the King’s Stand Stakes on Tuesday.

 The 7/2 favourite was always travelling well under jockey Wayne Lordan and he skipped to the front a furlong from home when asked for his effort. Connections had to endure a stewards’ enquiry after the five-year-old had drifted across runner-up Due Diligence in the final furlong but the stewards were satisfied that no interference was caused.

Lordan was delighted after the race and explained that his mount just got a little lonely after he hit the front.

“He travelled real welI,” said the jockey

“I got there a little bit soon and he rolled around but I had plenty left. I am delighted.

“He has got a little bit warm since earlier in his career so, if he wasn’t doing it, I would be worried.

“We don’t come across these horses too often, that can come and compete and, when they win, it is even better.”

 

MORE TO COME FROM DILIGENCE

 Trainer Aidan O’Brien is pleased with the way in which Due Diligence is progressing following his fine run in the Group One Diamond Jubilee Stakes, when he finished the one and a half length runner up behind Slade Power.

The 5/1 shot was just short of room in the dying strides as the winner drifted left across the course but his trainer was in a reflective mood after the race and felt that his colt has more improvement left in him.

“We are very happy with him,” said O’Brien.

“It was his first time against the older sprinters and really you couldn’t be happier. Obviously, we would have preferred the field to stay together – he was just a little bit lonely out there and Ryan said that he was wanting to drift towards them.

“Ryan said they were a good bit behind at halfway but that’s the way it is. All of the pace was on the other side but he ran home really well.

“His last two runs were against three-year-olds and three-year-olds have to step up again when they come up against the old hardened sprinters. We felt that he would learn a lot today and hopefully he did. We look forward to him next time.

“The lads will talk and decide about the July Cup but it looks the obvious thing for him.”

Aljamaaheer finished a further head back in third and trainer Roger Varian was happy enough following the race.

“It looks at the moment as if six and a half furlongs is his trip!” said Varian.

“He’s still trying to get into the sprinting mentality at the moment. We’ve done a lot of gate work with him and he broke well today but he couldn’t quite hold his position during the race. He’s run on really well though and I believe he’s got a big race in him.

“He could go to the July Cup next but obviously a race like the Maurice de Gheest (at Deauville) comes into the equation as well.

“He’s run a really good race though and I’ve no excuses. We just weren’t quite good enough.”

4.25pm Diamond Jubilee Stakes (British Champions Series & Global Sprint Challenge) (Group 1)

£525,000 total prize fund. For 3yo+, 6f. Weights: 3yo colts and geldings 8st 11lb; fillies 8st 8lb; 4yo+ colts and geldings 9st 4lb; fillies 9st 1lb. Penalty value 1st £297,727.50 2nd £112,875.00 3rd £56,490.00 4th £28,140.00 5th £14,122.50 6th £7,087.50

1) SLADE POWER (IRE) (Sabena Power) Edward Lynam IRE 5-9-04 Wayne Lordan [4] 7/2f

2) DUE DILIGENCE (USA) (Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier) Aidan O’Brien IRE t3-8-11 Ryan Moore [12] 5/1

3) ALJAMAAHEER (IRE) (Hamdan Al Maktoum) Roger Varian b5-9-04 Paul Hanagan [6] 4/1

4) MUSIC MASTER (Godfrey Wilson) Henry Candy 4-9-04 Fergus Sweeney [14]

5) AMERICAN DEVIL (FR) (Ecurie Haras de Quetieville) Eric Libaud FR 5-9-04 Pierre-Charles Boudot [15]

6) ASTAIRE (IRE) (Angie Bailey) Kevin Ryan 3-8-11 Jamie Spencer [3]

7) JACK DEXTER (Johnnie Delta Racing) Jim Goldie 5-9-04 Graham Lee [10]

8) GORDON LORD BYRON (IRE) (Dr Cyrus Poonawalla/Morgan Cahalan) Tom Hogan IRE 6-9-04 William Buick [1]

9) TROPICS (USA) (Dean Ivory) Dean Ivory h6-9-04 Robert Winston [11]

10) DARWIN (Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor) Aidan O’Brien IRE t4-9-04 Joseph O’Brien [5]

11) ES QUE LOVE (IRE) (The Es Que Love Partnership) Clive Cox p5-9-04 Adam Kirby [8]

12) MONTIRIDGE (IRE) (Mitaab Abdullah) Richard Hannon 4-9-04 Richard Hughes [2]

13) MEDICEAN MAN (Stuart Dobb and Kate Dobb) Jeremy Gask tp8-9-04 Harry Bentley [9]

14) HAWKEYETHENOO (IRE) (Johnnie Delta Racing) Jim Goldie 8-9-04 Andrea Atzeni [7]

14 ran

 Non-runner: Tawhid (going)

Time: 1m 12.40s

Distances: 1½, hd, 1, 2¼, 1¼, ½, ½, hd, ½, nk, 1½, nk, 7

Breeder: Sabena Power

Breeding: b c Dutch Art – Girl Power (IRE) (Key Of Luck (USA))

Tote      Win £4.20          Place £1.50 £2.00 £2.00 Exacta £22.00

Winning trainer: Lynam, Edward Born:  April 14, 1962 Based: Summerseat Stables, Clonee, Co Meath  Background: took out a licence to train in February, 1984, having previously split his time running a building firm and learning how to train racehorses under the watchful eye of Jim Bolger. Big Race Wins Include: Athasi Stakes (2013 Viztoria), Park Stakes (2008 Duff, 2013 Viztoria), International Stakes (2004 Red Feather), Temple Stakes (2011 Sole Power), Palace House Stakes (2013 & 2014 Sole Power), QIPCO British Champions Sprint (2013 Slade Power) First Group One Winner: Sole Power, Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes, York, August 20, 2010 Royal Ascot Wins (4):Diamond Jubilee Stakes (2014 Slade Power), King’s Stand Stakes (2013 & 2014 Sole Power), Queen Mary Stakes (2014 Anthem Alexander) Wins In Britain (2007-2013): 1; 2; 1; 1; 1; 2; 4 Wins in Britain This Year: 4

Winning jockey:-Name: Lordan, Wayne Born: County Cork Background: He is one of amateur rider Pat Lordan’s five children and was initially apprenticed to trainer Thomond O’Mara. Runner-up to Tadhg O’Shea in the 2001 Irish apprentice championship, he spent the winter of 2001/2002 riding for Barney Curley in Britain. He rides principally for David Wachman, Tommy Stack and Eddie Lynam.Big Race Wins Include: Amethyst Stakes (2005 Tolpudle), Irish Lincolnshire (2004 Tolpuddle), Park Express EBF Stakes (2006 Danehill Music), Dubai Duty Free Anglesey Stakes (2008 Bushranger), Molecomb Stakes (2011 Requinto), Polypipe Flying Childers Stakes (2011 Requinto), Keeneland Phoenix Stakes (2013 Sudirman), Park Stakes (2013 Viztoria), QIPCO British Champions Sprint (2013 Slade Power)   First Group One Winner: Sole Power, Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes, York, August 20, 2010 First Career Win: Ethbaat, Killarney, July 15, 1998 First Winner in Britain: Just Magical, Wolverhampton, December 15, 2001 Royal Ascot Wins (4): Diamond Jubilee Stakes (2014 Slade Power), Duke Of Cambridge Stakes (2011 Lolly For Dolly, 2013 Duntle), Sandringham Handicap (2012 Duntle)