Author: Alan Kelly
Published: 12:26 21/06/2014
Slade Power bids to give connections a Royal Ascot double in the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee at Royal Ascot after Sole Power landed the Kings Stand for the second time on Tuesday. Edward Lynam’s charge won over course and distance in the Champions Day sprint last October but it came on soft ground and puts a question mark about his chances to justify favouritism today.
Roger Varian has a good record at Ascot and Aljamaaheer is well fancied to transfer his high class for over a mile to today’s shorter trip. But it is third favourite Due Diligence which gets the vote from tipster Alan Kelly at 8/1 with bet365.
Here’s what Alan had to say about the race in his Punters Guide To Royal Ascot Day Five.
“An open renewal of this Group 1 contest and plenty can be fancied including ALJAMAAHEER, who is dropping down in trip this season, recent Curragh Group 3 winner SLADE POWER and the globe-trotting GORDON LORD BYRON but it is the two 3-year-olds ASTAIRE and DUE DILIGENCE who are of most interest. The former was a leading juvenile winning both the Gimcrack Stakes and Middle Park and found only Maarek a half length too good in the Duke Of York Stakes last time but if the race is to throw up a new sprinting star it is likely to be the Ballydoyle runner. Campaigned in the states as a juvenile the War Front colt has won his two most recent starts making all for his new stable, and racing on decent ground for the first time, there is massive room for substantial improvement.”
Due Diligence is trained at Ballydoyle by Aidan O’Brien and has won three of his five lifetime starts. He began his career with Todd Pletcher in America wher he won on his course debut at Saratoga. The son of War Front was entered into a Grade 3 race over an extended mile trip at Belmont Park in his next run where he failed to see out the distance and finished fourth.
Transfered to Ballydoyle in March this year, Due Diligence ran third on his Irish debut in the seven furlong Patton Stakes at Dundalk. He was dropped to six furlongs for this next two races at Naas where he duly obliged on both occasions and looks a decent bet to complete a hattrick at the Royal meeting.