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Talented mare Shamal Wind was unable to produce her impressive Autumn Carnival form when fading late for a disappointing in last night’s Group 1 King’s Stand Stakes (1000m) at the Royal Ascot Carnival.
Shamal Wind was installed as outright second favourite for success in the hours leading up to jump in the 2015 King’s Stand Stakes but the mare faced an uphill battle from the get-go after missing the start.
Having failed to produce much over the race’s entire 1000m, trainer Robert Smerdon was understandably disappointed with Shamal Wind’s performance in the 2015 King’s Stand Stakes but is pleased to have been able to saddle a contender.
“Ryan Moore (jockey) said he felt her slip behind coming out of the gates which put her back at the start but in saying that she never really came up on the bridle the way she usually does,” Smerdon said after the race.
“He gave her a chance to race the way she usually does but she was just losing ground and in the run to the line she only passed a few tired horses so it was a below-par performance.
“Travelling this far you never know the impact but going into the race she seemed fine to us but the end result wasn’t what he hoped for.”
Having originally outlined a plan to retire the five-year-old after the 2015 King’s Stand Stakes, Smerdon revealed Shamal Wind may remain in England for a brief preparation before her career as a broodmare.
“I’ve spoken to James Harron who manages her for the owners and his thinking was maybe to leave her in training here in England,” Smerdon said.
“Sometimes horses when they’ve had that one run they can come on from it and next time around do themselves justice.
“They’re leaving their options open until they see how she pulls up tomorrow. We’ll get the vet to trot her up and then go from there.”
Talented Robert Cowell-trained sprinter Goldream posted a maiden win at the highest level in the 2015 King’s Stand Stakes, while rank $101 outsider Medicean Man, trained by Australian expat Jeremy Gask ran on for an impressive second.
Punters who backed Goldream to win the 2015 King’s Stand Stakes at Ladbrokes.com.au have been paid out on generous $26 odds!
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