Sole Power displayed his trademark turn of foot to land the King's Stand Stakes at Ascot. But all his best form has been delivered at the minimum trip and SHEA SHEA, disadvantaged in the King's Stand by racing away from the pace yet still only beaten a half length, is taken to reverse placings and deliver a Group 1 success for South Africa. Lethal Force, Society Rock and Krypton Factor filled the frame in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Ascot but it would not surprise if the latter, a global ambassador of the sprinting ranks, turned things around here, likewise Society Rock. However, it's the Ballydoyle contender who could cause Shea Shea most trouble. This is not the first time that Aidan O'Brien has dropped a leading light of the yard back to sprint trips and it would be no surprise to see the Jersey Stakes winner Gale Force Ten follow in the footsteps of some illustrious stablemates.
Hamza (IRE) 2-1 (8-12) Went left start, led, ridden and edged left over 1f out, hard ridden inside final furlong, held on well towards finish, won at Beverley 5f cond Stakes (3) gd in May beating Heeraat (8-12) by 1 1/4l, 8 ran.
Havelock (USA) 33-1 (9-4) Raced far side, held up towards rear, ridden over 1f out, never involved, 11th of 18, 9l behind Lethal Force (9-4) at Royal Ascot 6f Grp 1 (1) gf in Jun.
Krypton Factor 25-1 (9-4) Raced centre, always prominent, driven over 1f out, 3rd and one pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 18, 4l behind Lethal Force (9-4) at Royal Ascot 6f Grp 1 (1) gf in Jun.
Lethal Force (IRE) 11-1 (9-4) Raced centre, took keen hold, made virtually all, ridden and clear when edged left final furlong, ran on strongly, won at Royal Ascot 6f Grp 1 (1) gf in Jun beating Society Rock (9-4) by 2l, 18 ran.
Shamexpress (NZ) 12-1 (9-4) Held up, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on one pace, 9th of 19, 4 1/2l behind Sole Power (9-4) at Royal Ascot 5f Grp 1 (1) gd in Jun.
Shea Shea (SAF) 11-4fav (9-4) Close up, ridden over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on, headed near finish, 2nd of 19, nk behind Sole Power (9-4) at Royal Ascot 5f Grp 1 (1) gd in Jun.
Slade Power (IRE) 11-4fav (9-9) Soon tracked leaders, closed to be almost on terms and challenged 1f out, led and stayed on well inside final furlong, won at Curragh 5f Grp 3 (1) gd in Jun beating Russian Soul (9-9) by 1/2l, 10 ran.
Society Rock (IRE) 4-1fav (9-4) Slowly away, raced centre and held up in rear, plenty to do 2f out, good headway near side over 1f out, strong run to 2nd inside final furlong, no chance of catching winner, 2nd of 18, 2l behind Lethal Force (9-4) at Royal Ascot 6f Grp 1 (1) gf in Jun.
Sole Power 8-1 (9-4) In rear, plenty to do approaching final furlong, ran on strongly to lead near finish, won at Royal Ascot 5f Grp 1 (1) gd in Jun beating Shea Shea (9-4) by nk, 19 ran.
Sovereign Debt (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) In rear, ridden over 2f out, never a factor, 9th of 13, 7l behind Declaration Of War (9-0) at Royal Ascot 1m Grp 1 (1) gd in Jun.
Gale Force Ten 9-2fav (9-1) Raced centre, chased leader, led overall over 2f out, ridden and headed inside final furlong, rallied gamely to lead again final strides, won at Royal Ascot 7f 3yo Grp 3 (1) gf in Jun beating Montiridge (9-1) by hd, 21 ran.
Zanetto 25-1 (8-11) Raced far side, chased leaders, pushed along over 2f out, weakened inside final 2f, 15th of 18, 13l behind Lethal Force (9-4) at Royal Ascot 6f Grp 1 (1) gf in Jun.