Gale Force Ten to prove fresh force in sprint ranks

O’Brien’s Jersey Stakes winner has the pace to beat speedsters at their own game in July Cup

The first two in both Group One sprints at Ascot last month convene for a divisional decider at Newmarket tomorrow, but all four could yet be  overtaken by another who excelled at the royal meeting. Having previously taken a supporting role in mile Classics at the Curragh and Longchamp, Gale Force Ten made his breakthrough when seeing off 18 rivals for the Jersey Stakes. These were led by Montiridge, a stylish scorer on the opening day of this meeting, with the rest well strung out after contesting a strong pace.

Taking on older rivals now in the Darley July Cup, Gale Force Ten (3.50) drops back to six furlongs for the first time since going down by just two necks to a top-class sprinting juvenile, Reckless Abandon, in the Middle Park Stakes over on the Rowley Mile last autumn. He introduces something different to a web of fairly incestuous formlines, and history shows that horses dropping into sprints from Classic company often have an edge in quality. Aidan O’Brien, his trainer, has replaced cheekpieces with blinkers to sharpen this son of Oasis Dream (winner of this race 10 years ago) for the drop in trip. But Gale Force Ten showed ample pace when initially leading two out on similarly fast going at Ascot, while his rally to regain the advantage late on promises that he will relish the  rising ground at the finish.

Whether Sole Power and Shea Shea will see things out quite so well is another matter. This pair showed much the best acceleration, either side of the track, when divided by a neck in the King’s Stand Stakes – but raw speed is their forte, and both might be best at five furlongs. Lethal Force, winner of the Golden Jubilee Stakes over this trip, was able to dominate despite racing keenly at Ascot and may have enjoyed a tactical advantage over Society Rock, who emerged from off the pace for second. The  latter maintains his form admirably, meanwhile, but has always seemed happier at Ascot than over this undulating course.

Frankie Dettori seeks his biggest success since returning from his long suspension when partnering Recanted (2.40) in the 32Red Superlative Stakes. On the face of it, it is impossible to pick between several who have so far disclosed only the tip of the iceberg in maidens, but Brian Meehan never winds up his debutants and this well-bred colt is guaranteed to improve considerably on an impressive start at Newbury.

Dettori also rides the Royal Hunt Cup winner, Belgian Bill, in the Bunbury Cup but the drop in trip  may be against his mount. Burn The Boats (3.15) has been sent over by a respected Irish yard and, with very few miles on the clock, has impressed with his adjustment to the demands of big-field handicaps on his last  two starts.

Channel 4 also has cameras at Ascot, where Aljamaaheer (2.30) can make his class tell for a deserved success; and York, where William Haggas can celebrate a proud success in his native county with Stencive (2.55) in the  valuable John Smith’s Cup. Always well regarded, this colt has shaped well without winning in each of only four handicaps to date, most recently when second from an awful draw at Ascot. Once again he finds himself slung out wide, but his strong-travelling style combined with the drop in trip could help him weave through in the long straight. He could end up as better than a handicapper.

Only four fillies contested the big race at Newmarket yesterday but there was still plenty of controversy as Elusive Kate survived a stewards’ inquiry into her narrow defeat of Sky Lantern in the Etihad Airways Falmouth Stakes. Having controlled a predictably modest pace, she  retained enough in reserve to stem the challenge of the odds-on favourite by a neck – but only after hanging across the track, carrying Sky Lantern with her, with her jockey William Buick’s whip appearing to stray across the younger filly’s face for good measure. There appeared to be no contact but it was a debatable call.

“I wish she hadn’t hung left, as she would have shown it was fair and square,” Buick said. “But she has  done it all her life. She costs herself a lot of ground by doing it, but she  keeps winning.”

Sky Lantern was not the only Royal Ascot winner turned over on the card, Rizeena proving unable to supplement her Queen Mary Stakes success in the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes – won decisively by the 20-1 shot Lucky Kristale, trained locally by George Margarson.

The Turf Account

CHRIS McGRATH’S NAP

Burn The Boats (3.15 Newmarket)

NEXT BEST

Corton Lad (9.20 Hamilton)

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
SPONSORED FEATURES
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Recruitment Genius: Clinical Lead / RGN

£40000 - £42000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...

Recruitment Genius: IT Sales Consultant

£35000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This IT support company has a n...

Recruitment Genius: Works Engineer

Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: A works engineer is required in a progressive ...

Recruitment Genius: Trainee Hire Manager - Tool Hire

£21000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Our client is seeking someone w...

Day In a Page

Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

How Isis profits from destruction of antiquities

Robert Fisk on the terrorist group's manipulation of the market to increase the price of artefacts
Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

In an exclusive interview, Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea
King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

Academic claims King Arthur was real - and reveals where he lived

Dr Andrew Breeze says the legendary figure did exist – but was a general, not a king
10 best PS4 games

10 best PS4 games

Can’t wait for the new round of blockbusters due out this autumn? We played through last year’s offering
Migrant crisis: UN official Philippe Douste-Blazy reveals the harrowing sights he encountered among refugees arriving on Lampedusa

‘Can we really just turn away?’

Dead bodies, men drowning, women miscarrying – a senior UN figure on the horrors he has witnessed among migrants arriving on Lampedusa, and urges politicians not to underestimate our caring nature
Nine of Syria and Iraq's 10 world heritage sites are in danger as Isis ravages centuries of history

Nine of Syria and Iraq's 10 world heritage sites are in danger...

... and not just because of Isis vandalism
Girl on a Plane: An exclusive extract of the novelisation inspired by the 1970 Palestinian fighters hijack

Girl on a Plane

An exclusive extract of the novelisation inspired by the 1970 Palestinian fighters hijack
Why Frederick Forsyth's spying days could spell disaster for today's journalists

Why Frederick Forsyth's spying days could spell disaster for today's journalists

The author of 'The Day of the Jackal' has revealed he spied for MI6 while a foreign correspondent
Markus Persson: If being that rich is so bad, why not just give it all away?

That's a bit rich

The billionaire inventor of computer game Minecraft says he is bored, lonely and isolated by his vast wealth. If it’s that bad, says Simon Kelner, why not just give it all away?
Euro 2016: Chris Coleman on course to end half a century of hurt for Wales

Coleman on course to end half a century of hurt for Wales

Wales last qualified for major tournament in 1958 but after several near misses the current crop can book place at Euro 2016 and end all the indifference
Rugby World Cup 2015: The tournament's forgotten XV

Forgotten XV of the rugby World Cup

Now the squads are out, Chris Hewett picks a side of stars who missed the cut
A groundbreaking study of 'Britain's Atlantis' long buried at the bottom of the North Sea could revolutionise how we see our prehistoric past

Britain's Atlantis

Scientific study beneath North Sea could revolutionise how we see the past
The Queen has 'done and said nothing that anybody will remember,' says Starkey

The Queen has 'done and said nothing that anybody will remember'

David Starkey's assessment
Oliver Sacks said his life has been 'an enormous privilege and adventure'

'An enormous privilege and adventure'

Oliver Sacks writing about his life
'Gibraltar is British, and it is going to stay British forever'

'Gibraltar is British, and it is going to stay British forever'

The Rock's Chief Minister hits back at Spanish government's 'lies'