Who does Shamexpress have to beat in 2013 King’s Stand Stakes?

The 2013 Royal Ascot Carnival kicks off tonight and the Aussie focus is on race two, the Group 1 2013 King’s Stand Stakes (1000m).

Shamexpress races at Royal Ascot tonight. Photo: Sarah Ebbett.

Due to jump at 12:05 am (AEST), the prestigious sprint down the Ascot straight features Australia’s own Shamexpress.

The three-year-old colt hasn’t raced since his stunning Newmarket Handicap win in March but trainer Danny O’Brien has repeatedly stated he is ready to go for the first-up test.

While most Australian racing fans are familiar with Shamexpress, it is his rivals who are the unknown.

So just who will the Melbourne sprinter line up against on the international stage? We provide an analysis of his major rivals.

#11 Shea Shea

  • Age: 6YO
  • Country: South Africa
  • Sex: Gelding
  • Trainer: Mike De Kock

How good is he? Will start a deserving favourite as he boasts a sensational record and tremendous lead-up form. A winner of 10 of 19 starts, the son of National Emblem has won three times in the top grade. One of those Group 1s came at his last start on March 30 when he was a convicing winner in the Al Quoz Sprint in Dubai. That run was preceded by another win in Dubai. Is a three-time winner at the King’s Stand distance of 1000m and is a proven traveller.

#18 Reckless Abandon

  • Age: 3YO
  • Country: UK
  • Sex: Colt
  • Trainer: Clive Cox

How good is he? A three-year-old colt like Shamexpress, his early career results have been impressive. Won the first five starts of his career as a two-year-old including a Group 1 in Fance and a Group 1 in the UK. Returned inthe Group 2 Temple Stakes at Haydock Park last month to run third.

#12 Sole Power

  • Age: 6YO
  • Country: UK
  • Sex: Gelding
  • Trainer: Edward Lynam

How good is he? Consistent British sprinter who won the Group 1 Nunthorpe Stakes back in 2010. Most recent win came at Group 3 level in May and he was last seen running fourth in the Temple Stakes.

#15 Swiss Spirit

  • Age: 4YO
  • Country: UK
  • Sex: Entire
  • Trainer: John Gosden

How good is he? From the stable of high profile Newmarket trainer John Gosden, he’s certainly not to be underestimated. Ran a strong second in the Temple Stakes at his last start and third-up and primed for this. However, is the only horse of the top fancies yet to win at Group 1 level.

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