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Shea Shea spearheads southern hemisphere challenge for King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot

Updated: Wednesday, 12 Jun 2013 17:33 | Comments

Shea Shea will be bidding for a fourth win at Group One level
Shea Shea will be bidding for a fourth win at Group One level

South African runner Shea Shea tops a cosmopolitan field of 21 horses left in Tuesday's King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Mike de Kock's charge landed the Al Quoz Sprint in Dubai on his latest start and is a fascinating international contender along with Australian runner Shamexpress.

Danny O'Brien's raider recently won the Newmarket Handicap at Flemington, a race fellow antipodean runner Miss Andretti won before claiming the 2007 King's Stand.

Home hopes are headed by Clive Cox's Reckless Abandon, who won both the Prix Morny and Middle Park Stakes last term and finished third in the Temple Stakes on his reappearance.

Prohibit won the race for Robert Cowell two years ago and he could try to regain his title despite being beaten in France on Tuesday.

Cowell also has Spirit Quartz in the reckoning along with Temple hero Kingsgate Native.

Swiss Spirit, Mince and Pearl Secret are all towards the head of the market but Aidan O'Brien has taken his possibles, including the well-fancied Cristoforo Colombo, out of the race.

Edward Lynam's Sole Power finished fourth in both the Temple and the Al Quoz Sprint and he is the only Irish-trained hope.

Heeraat, Jack Dexter and Medicean Man are others still in the race.

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