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Gale Force Ten Ascot 19/06/2013

Gale Force Ten (nearside): winning the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot

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Shea Shea aiming to go
one better in July Cup

SHEA SHEA, the South African speedster narrowly denied glory in the King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot last month, steps up from "his best trip" when he bids to bag the Darley July Cup at Newmarket on Saturday.

The Mike de Kock-trained gelding - a winner at the top level in the Al Quoz Sprint at Meydan in March - shot clear in the five-fulrong King's Stand, but was just touched off by the fast-finishing Sole Power, who reopposes.

Six furlongs - the July Cup trip - might not suit him and it is not guaranteed to be in Shea Shea's favour, although connections do not see it being a problem.

He is vying for favouritism with Diamond Jubilee winner Lethal Force and Steve Jell, assistant to De Kock, said: "It was his first run for two months at Ascot and he was entitled to need the run after all his quarantine and settling in.

"I would say five furlongs is his best trip but he won over seven with his previous trainer in South Africa so he will stay.

"He has done well at home with that run under his belt and the ground will be fine for him."

Jersey Stakes winner Gale Force Ten also brings Royal Ascot form into the race his trainer Aidan O'Brien won with Stravinsky (1999), Mozart (2001) and Starspangledbanner (2010).

O'Brien said: "We've been happy with him since Ascot. He will like the fast ground and although he's going down in distance he has plenty of pace and he did run a close third in the Middle Park last season."

The British challenge is led by Lethal Force and Society Rock, while Havelock (US), Shamexpress (Australia) and Krypton Factor (Bahrain) represent international connections.

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