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Mike de Kock: has Shea Shea  in Darley July Cup

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Shea Shea on target for July Cup for De Kock

SHEA SHEA, runner-up in the King's Stand at Royal Ascot, is on course to try and give South African trainer Mike de Kock a first Group 1 winner in Britain in the Darley July Cup.

The six-year-old, who is 5-1 joint-favourite with Lethal Force for the race with Paddy Power, worked over 5f under work rider Philip Shea at the July Course on Monday morning with connections aiming to get the sprinter further acclimatised to the track.

Following the work, de Kock's assistant Steve Jell said: "He's a lot more settled after the Ascot race and after a long break. He was quite fresh going into Ascot.

"That's his second bit of work at the course, he galloped here before Ascot and he knows what's going on. His work this morning was pretty good and we will analyse the times when we get home."

Jell confirmed that Christophe Soumillon will again be in the saddle, and that Shea Shea will also be the team's only runner in the race, with stablemate Soft Falling Rain also holding an entry, but yet to run in Britain having taken time to come to himself following a winter in Meydan.

Reflecting on the King's Stand, Jell added: "It was really gutting, he was in front for such a long time and we would have liked to have been pulled through a bit more. Hopefully he will settle off the pace a bit more in the July Cup and make a run late."

Shea Shea is not the only international runner slated to work at the course this week, with Shamexpress due to exercise on Tuesday, and Havelock on Wednesday.

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