Turf Talk:Electric turns on the power at Navan

King Electric continued his education with a dominant performance in the Lynn Lodge Stud EBF Median Auction Race at Navan.

Turf Talk:Electric turns on the power at Navan

The 1-3 favourite moved to the front with well over two furlongs to travel, although he didn't shoot clear, with Colin Keane having to stoke up him up.

He soon had the race in safe keeping, though, and Keane just kept him up to his work to account for Lyin Eyes by four and a half lengths.

Trainer Ger Lyons said: "This was a nice stepping stone and we can now go Listed or Group Three as he's a really nice progressive horse.

"Royal Ascot was never on the agenda for this horse. I like baby steps with two-year-olds unless they are jumping through hoops, and don't forget we have the Railway Stakes here.

"I have a lovely bunch of two-year-olds this year. We sold a lot of horses last year and we are in a building mode. We have a lot of nice two-year-olds that will be nice horses next year. You have to keep your foot on the pedal here but I'm delighted and things are going well."

Favourite-backers were also smiling after In Salutem (100-30) took the Country And Western Evening Friday 8th July Handicap.

Ken Condon's consistent six-year-old hit the front at the furlong marker under Colm O'Donoghue and swept away to beat Russian Soul by two lengths.

That initiated a brace for Condon, completed by Shanghai Beauty (7-1) in the Newgrange And Ardboyne Hotels Apprentice Handicap, who gave Andrew Breslin his first victory in the saddle.

Karalara (9-4) hadn't been seen since her debut fourth 11 months ago but she was brought back in tip-top form by Dermot Weld and finished best of all to land the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden by three lengths from Gabardine.

Ceol Na Nog scored over a mile and a quarter here a couple of weeks ago and handled the extra three furlongs of the Summer Ladies Day Handicap to dispose of Restive by five lengths as the 7-4 market leader.

Drillmaster looked like completing a four-timer in the Navan Members Handicap but he began to tread water in the final 100 yards and was collared by 6-1 joint-favourite Zebgrey, while General Macarthur (11-4) caught Tony The Gent close home in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Race.

Willie McCreery has Devonshire in top trim for Royal Ascot raid

Willie McCreery will be thrilled by the recent heavy rain at Ascot ahead of Devonshire's assault on the Duke of Cambridge Stakes.

The Godolphin-owned filly, winner of the Lanwades Stud Stakes at the Curragh in May, is reported in top order for her Royal date on Wednesday.

Devonshire's chances have also been bolstered after significant downpours on Friday.

McCreery told the Irish Field: "She is in super form and she'll go to Ascot next week for the Duke Of Cambridge.

"I also put her in the Kilboy Estate Stakes at the Curragh on Derby weekend, but the plan is to run next week.

"She will be well entered up in all those good Group Ones/Twos and we might bring her to America later on in the year.

"She loves an ease in the ground and I'd love to win a Group One with her by the end of the year.

"There is not much substance to her, but she is all heart.

"She runs on any ground, but she is just so much more effective on ground with an ease."

Air Force Blue enters Commonwealth Cup picture

Air Force Blue has been supplemented for the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot on Friday.

The Aidan O'Brien-trained son of War Front has been added at a cost of £35,000 and drops back to six furlongs after disappointing in both the English and Irish 2000 Guineas.

He could be joined in the line-up by stablemates Washington DC and Waterloo Bridge.

Leading domestic fancies Quiet Reflection, Log Out Island and Gifted Master are still in contention amongst the 18 horses confirmed for the Group One.

Mark Johnston will rely upon Buratino in the absence of Lumiere. The Group One-winning filly was poised to revert to sprinting after she disappointed over a mile in the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket, but Johnston told racinguk.com: "She's just not been sparkling at home. We're just not happy with her."

American filly Acapulco is still present, despite holding an entry in the King's Stand Stakes on Tuesday.

Ballydoyle headlines Coronation Stakes possibles

Ante-post favourite Ballydoyle spearheads 18 confirmations for the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot on Friday.

Runner-up in the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket, Aidan O'Brien's filly was forced to miss the Irish equivalent and the Investec Oaks due to an unsatisfactory blood picture.

She is now set to take the plunge at Royal Ascot, but brilliant stablemate Minding has been scratched from the race.

Trainer Aidan O'Brien could, however, also be represented by Alice Springs, who was third behind Minding in the Newmarket Classic.

Irish Guineas heroine Jet Setting is still in the picture, as is leading domestic contender Nemoralia, trained by Jeremy Noseda.

Qemah, trained in France by Jean-Claude Rouget, adds further strength in depth to the Group One over a mile.

Light switched on for King Edward VII assignment

Lustrous Light has been supplemented to the tune of £17,500 for the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot on Friday.

Owners Qatar Racing have added the Galileo colt to the Group Two over a mile and a half after he won a 10-furlong maiden at Navan for trainer Ger Lyons.

Ante-post favourite Beacon Rock has also been confirmed alongside stablemates Bravery, Claudio Monteverdi, Cole Porter, Housesofparliament, Landofhopeandglory, Sword Fighter and The Major General.

Others of note include Carntop, Choreographer, Humphrey Bogart and Muntazah, whose trainer Owen Burrows has removed Massaat.