Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 30 August 2014

Power knows the way to Tipperary

Sole Power

Sole Power could take in a Listed race at Tipperary before his bid for back-to-back victories in the Nunthorpe at York on August 19.

Edward Lynam's top-class sprinter was beaten into fifth in Tipperary's Abergwaun Stakes last year but went on to cause a 100-1 shock in the Nunthorpe.

He proved that to be no fluke by winning the Temple Stakes at Haydock earlier this season, and was not disgraced when finishing eighth in the King's Stand at Royal Ascot.

"Everything is good with him. He's just having a little break and we're still aiming him towards the Nunthorpe," said County Meath-based Lynam.

"There's a chance he could run at Tipperary a couple of weeks beforehand. He did that last year and we might just do it again if we feel we need to get the freshness off him, but we'll see.

"The ground at Ascot was probably beautiful for most horses, but he would definitely have liked it a bit quicker.

"Having said that, from where he was drawn (stall two), I don't think it would have mattered what the ground was like. For some reason, for the first few days at Ascot you needed to be high.

"York is everything for this horse, so I'm just praying they don't get rain when the time comes."

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