Cape Of Good Hope found an unexpected new rival for the inaugural Global Sprint Challenge (GSC) title as he finished a brave fourth in the King's Stand Stakes (1,000 metres) at York last night. However, the Royal Ascot meeting had a Hong Kong success nonetheless. The meeting kicked off perfectly for Hong Kong interests, with Jockey Club chairman Ronald Arculli the winning owner in the Group Two Coventry Stakes (1,200m) for two-year-olds. Arculli, currently in Australia, won the race with Red Clubs (Michael Hills), a son of Red Ransom, which has now scored at the past three of his four race starts. However, Cape Of Good Hope, an 8-1 chance, was unable to add to that result for Hong Kong when he was photo-finished out of third placing behind French invader Chineur in the King's Stand Stakes after looming as a chance in the final 200m. 'It was a bit sharp for him, as I feared, on the flatter track here. They went too quickly, but he ran very well as always,' said trainer David Oughton. 'He just stumbled out of the gates - almost jumped too quickly really - which meant he was a couple of lengths further off the pace than he would have been with a good start. 'I'm not saying he was unlucky against the winner but he might have run third. 'It was very encouraging going to the longer race on Saturday,' said Oughton. 'I think the 1,200 metres here will be more his kind of trip and if he comes through this race all right - which he seems to have done - then he will back up in the Golden Jubilee Stakes over that trip on Saturday.' Last year, Cape Of Good Hope was beaten by a neck as an unlucky third in the Group One Golden Jubilee behind Fayr Jag after finishing second in the King's Stand to The Tatling. The Tatling started as 11-2 equal favourite last night, but was badly checked at the start with jockey Darryll Holland lucky to stay in the saddle before finishing in the ruck. Last night's effort earned Cape Of Good Hope four points for the Global Sprint Challenge to take him to 32 points and a clear lead in the six-race contest. However, the winner of the King's Stand has now emerged as a danger for the title. 'Like Cape Of Good Hope, the French horse gets double points for the win so he's on 20 points now and if he comes through the race well I believe he will also run on Saturday in the Golden Jubilee,' Oughton said. 'If he was to earn good points there, we'd have a battle on our hands again.' Chineur, ridden by France's current form jockey, Christophe Lemaire, has an impressive record with 16 starts now for seven wins and six minor placings.