Royal Ascot 2014 will be remembered over the Irish Sea as a meeting that was bookended with Group 1 sprint glory for trainer Eddie Lynam and owners the Power family, after Slade Power followed up stablemate Sole Power’s win in the King’s Stand Stakes on the opening day by coasting to a cosy win in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes on Day Five.
Jockey Wayne Lordan always had the five-year-old up near the front and as soon as he asked Slade Power to quicken at the furlong pole the result never looked in doubt. The 7/2 favourite galloped on strongly all the way to the winning line to see off the challenge of his main market rivals Due Diligence and Aljamaaheer, who both finished strongly to reduce the winning margin to one-and-a-half lengths. But it was always going to be too little too late. Slade Power had flown.
It was Lynam’s third winner of the week – all through different jockeys. Richard Hughes had ridden Sole Power to glory in the King’s Stand, while Pat Smullen was aboard Anthem Alexander when the two-year-old filly won the Queen Mary Stakes for Lynam on Day Two of the Royal Meeting.
“Slade Power was always travelling really well but I knew he’d pull up [when he got to the front],” Lynam said afterwards.
“It’s a special result for us because we bred the horse ourselves. Both him and Sole Power will now go for the July Cup [at Newmarket next month]. Sole Power will wear the first colours because he is the elder statesman.”
Reflecting on his success-laden week, Lynam added: “I’m very lucky to have very good horses, great owners and great family at home to back me up. There is nowhere I like to win more at than here at Royal Ascot. I love the place. It’s been a brilliant few days.”