Sitting off the pace, favored Slade Power held off challengers late in the stretch to score his first Group 1 victory in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot on Saturday.
The field split into two packs out of the gate, with Slade Power on the far side and just a handful of horses on the near side. The winner tracked a pace set by Astaire and Gordon Lord Byron. As those began to weaken, Slade Power took over and stayed in front to the wire under jockey Wayne Lordan. There was a steward's inquiry into possible stretch interference by the winner, but the results remained unchanged.
Due Diligence put in a strong second-place performance, while Aljamaaheer was third. The final time for six furlongs was 1:12.40 over ground listed as good to firm.
This was the eighth victory in sixteen starts for Slade Power, who came into the Diamond Jubilee out of a victory at the Curragh on May 24. He has mostly raced in Great Britain and Ireland, but made a start last December at Sha Tin Racecourse in Hong Kong, finishing tenth behind Lord Kanaloa in the Longines Hong Kong Sprint.
In a unique Royal Ascot accomplishment, owner Mrs. Sabena Power and trainer Edward Lynam also won the Group 1 King's Stand on the first day of the meeting with Sole Power. According to Racing UK, Lynam had a large bet at 66-1 that Sole Power and Slade Power would complete the King's Stand-Diamond Jubilee double.
“Without a doubt it's the best week of my training career,” said Lynam. “I'm very lucky to have very good horses, good owners and a good family to back me up, and marvellous staff.
Bred by his owner in Ireland, Slade Power is a 5-year-old stallion by Dutch Art and out of the Key of Luck mare Girl Power.
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