Muthmir for sprint glory in King’s Stand Stakes
The third race on the card at Royal Ascot on Tuesday is the Group 1 King’s Stand Stakes over five furlongs. Australian-trained horses have enjoyed success in this race four times with Choisir, Takeover Target, Miss Andretti and Scenic Blast.
Brazen Beau and Shamal Wind both old entries but Chris Waller has indicated that he is leaning towards Saturday’s Diamond Jubilee Stakes for his sprinter.
Shamal Wind is a definite starter with Ryan Moore booked for the ride by Robert Smerdon. The five-year-old mare was last seen winning the valuable Oakleigh Plate at Caulfield in February. She was held up that day by Dwayne Dun and won with a little more in hand than her winning margin of three-quarters of a length may suggest.
The probable favourite is the evergreen Sole Power who will attempt to win the prize for a third consecutive season for Ed Lynam. He showed that he had lost none of his dash when winning at Meydan in March and he can be forgiven his subsequent defeat at the Curragh. That race was over six furlongs, a trip over which he has never won. The going looks likely to be ideal for the fast ground specialist.
Perhaps the most progressive sprinter among the home team is the William Haggas-trained Muthmir, a son of Invincible Spirit.
He worked his way through the handicap last year, winning the Portland Handicap at Doncaster on his final start off a rating of 100. He ran too freely first time out this season in the Duke Of York Stakes and narrowly justified favouritism at Chantilly in the Group 2 Prix du Gros-Chene.
Mecca’s Angel has won her last three starts for Michael Dods. The grey filly beat Justice Day at Newbury in September and started the new season by winning a Group 3 at Longchamp in good to soft ground. She has won on good ground but would ideally prefer a little cut.
G Force won the Haydock Sprint Cup in September over six furlongs but has been well beaten on both of his subsequent starts. He was a length and a half behind Sole Power in the Nunthorpe last year after an unlucky run.
Anthem Alexander is a stable companion of the favourite and won the Queen Mary at this meeting last season. Runner-up Tiggy Wiggy gained her revenged at York next time but looks destined to run in the Commonwealth Cup.
Muthmir – King’s Stand Stakes (Royal Ascot 3.40 Tuesday) @6.0 Bet365