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Peslier now on Pearl Secret

Leading French rider Olivier Peslier has been snapped up for Pearl Secret in the King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot after Richard Hughes switched to ride last year's winner Sole Power.

Owners Qatar Racing announced on Thursday morning that Hughes had been booked for the David Barron-trained sprinter in Tuesday's five-furlong Group One, with retained rider Jamie Spencer siding with ante-post favourite Hot Streak.

However, Sole Power's trainer Eddie Lynam revealed that Hughes had committed to riding his stable star for the first time.

David Redvers, racing manager for Qatar Racing, said: "Richard initially came to us for the ride (aboard Pearl Secret), but has now decided to ride Sole Power.

"It's disappointing, but that's racing, and Olivier Peslier will now ride Pearl Secret."

Sole Power has been partnered by Ryan Moore on each of his three starts this year, but Lynam was in need of a replacement as the jockey is required to ride in the race for Aidan O'Brien.

Lynam said: "It's a good race. Richard Hughes rides him as Ryan has to ride one for Aidan. Richard is a top-class jockey.

"He's in good form and we just hope Ascot don't water too much."