King’s Stand Brings A Surprise


Shamal Wind failed to strike a blow in Tuesday’s Group I King’s Stand Stakes (5 fur) when finishing unplaced behind the outsider Goldream.

A clear last at halfway, Shamal Wind was always chasing and although able to run on late was never a realistic chance, closest at the finish being beaten around six lengths.

Goldream (20/1) was always in the firing line, third two furlongs out and staying on strongly under Martin Harley, nosing out Medicean Man (50/1), trained by Australian Jeremy Gask,

Muthmir (3/1) stayed on strongly for third, beaten a neck with Pearl Secret making up several lengths to be beaten three-quarters of a length fourth.

Sole Power, winner of the race for the last two years, was beaten just over a length in fifth place with leading fancy Mecca’s Angel withdrawn before the race owing to the firmness of the track.

Trainer Robert Cowell, who won the race in 2011 with Prohibit, told Racing UK he was pleasantly surprised with the six-year-old son of Oasis Dream from the immediate family of Montjeu.

“He’s been brilliant. I must say I didn’t think he’d win a racelike this, but I thought he was getting to that sort of level,” Cowell said.

“It was a brilliant ride, I’m so pleased for the owners who have stuck withthis horse, we decided to raise the bar and they told me to do what I want.”

Daryl Sherer