Chris Waller is aiming to take an epic Royal Ascot sprint double back Down Under as his Home Affairs heads the 27 for the Platinum Jubilee Stakes on Saturday, June 18.
Nature Strip simply destoyed the field in the King's Stand Stakes for the Aussie trainer, putting any so called rivalry with the American Golden Pal to bed.
The seven-year-old proved what a top sprinter is all about, quickening away from a furlong out at Ascot and winning by four and a half lengths from Twighlight Calls. Golden Pal could only finish last after missing the break.
Wesley Ward, Golden Pal's luckless trainer, will be aiming for swift revenge by saddling Campanelle, who took the Commonwealth Cup last year. Filly Campanelle finished a head behind Dragon Symbol but was awarded the race after stewards noted significant interference in the final furlong.
Formerly with Archie Watson and then sent to Roger Varian in Newmarket, Dragon Symbol re-enters the equation and although a big outsider at Ascot, at least gets the chance to make amends.
Meanwhile, Charlie Appleby's Champion Sprint Stakes winner over course and distance, Creative Force has a strong chance, if recovering from a weak showing in the Al Quoz Sprint at Meydan over the winter.
Shahryar didn't live up to expectations for the Japanese earlier in the week but Grenadier Guards could do the business for Mitsumasa Nakauchida. The Frankel colt won the Grade 2 Hanshin Cup and could outrun his odds.
That's not forgetting Adrian McGuinness' A Case Of You who has taken plenty of quality races, including the Prix de l"Abbaye and the Al Quoz Sprint and could well perform at a meaty price.
Anthony and Sam Freedman send Artorious all the way from Australia to take on the Platinum Jubilee too, with their Flying Artie gelding finishing seventh in a Flemington handicap last time out.
Andrew Balding's Alcohol Free lines up and is looking to regain the form of her Sussex Stakes victory last Summer. A fourth behind the great Baaeed in the Lockinge at York was no disgrace.
Richard Fahey's Ventura Diamond is the rank outsider of the field, available at 125/1 and needing a real shock to enter proceedings.
🏆 Black Caviar Lightning (G1)
Home Affairs (AUS)
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J : James McDonald
T : Chris Waller
O : Coolmore, Wynaus, Westerberg...
🥈Nature Strip (Nicconi)
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