SHEA SHEA, narrowly denied victory in the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot last month, steps up from 1000m to 1200m when he bids to bag the Gr1 Darley July Cup at Newmarket on Saturday.
Mike de Kock’s runner quickened away well in the King’s Stand, but was just touched off by the fast-finishing Sole Power, also in this 12-horse line-up to take on the South African speedster again.
Shea Shea is vying for favouritism with Diamond Jubilee winner Lethal Force and Mike de Kock said on Friday evening: “If this was all about looks, I’d say Shea Shea looks better than before the King’s Stand Stakes. But it’s a tough six furlong and I have some concern about that.”
Assistant trainer Steven Jell, who mailed us the beautiful photo below, believes Shea Shea will be better than at Ascot and said: “It was his first run for two months and he was entitled to need the run after all his quarantine and settling.”
The Darley July Cup carries a stake of £500,00 (appproximately R7,5-million).
View the July Cup field here.