By Simon Jackson.
Slade Power is best priced at 7-2 for the Darley July Cup at Newmarket on July 12 after landing the Diamond Jubilee Stakes on the final day of Royal Ascot.
The victory capped a tremendous week for trainer Eddie Lynam who also won the King’s Stand Stakes with Sole Power on Tuesday and the Queen Mary Stakes with Anthem Alexander on Wednesday.
But connections were forced to wait for the outcome of a stewards’ enquiry on Saturday before victory was confirmed after Slade Power – who raced close up for jockey Wayne Lordan and hit the front a furlong out – drifted across runner-up Due Diligence in the closing stages.
“He travelled really welI,” said Lordan after the one and a half-length victory was confirmed.
“I got there a little bit soon and he rolled around but I had plenty left. I am delighted.
“We don’t come across these horses too often, that can come and compete and, when they win, it is even better.”
Slade Power is now set to clash with Sole Power in the six furlong July Cup next month where the King’s Stand Stakes winner is available at 10-1 (Coral).
“It’s without a doubt the best week of my training career,” Lynam said. “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 today 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.
“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!”
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