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Slade has power for Classic success

By Martin Kelly

Eddie Lynam's fears that Slade Power's temperament may get the better of him appear to have been soothed ahead of the Darley Classic at Flemington.

The star sprinter will break from stall four in the valuable Group One, but connections have expressed concerns about the starting process in the build-up to the race.

Lynam's five-year-old has had well-documented problems with the starting stalls, but the issue was eradicated during the summer when he went into the gates last before winning the Diamond Jubilee at Royal Ascot and Newmarket's July Cup.

Australian racing protocol requires horses to enter the stalls in barrier order, but the Meath handler is satisfied everything will be done to make sure Slade Power's safety is not compromised.

Late last month, Slade Power gave his team a brief scare when sitting down in the stalls ahead of a solo gallop at Flemington.

But Lynam said: "I have spoken at length to the people at Racing Victoria and they know the situation with our horse and they have assured me that his safety won't be put to any risk.

"They have assured me that Slade Power will be going in late, if not last, so I'm back now worrying about the end of the race rather than the start of it.

"My lad who loaded with him in the July Cup and in all his races this year will load with him. He'll wear a hood. (Jockey) Wayne Lordan will take it off and I'm happy enough that they have covered every angle.

"He is going well and, to the eye, he went well at Flemington on Tuesday morning in what some are saying was a fast time but it was only bridle work.

"Wayne rode him and he seems very happy."

Meanwhile, Nicky Henderson enjoyed an excellent day's work at Fakenham as the master of Seven Barrows saddled a double - Broxbourne and Nicolas Chauvin, both ridden by Barry Geraghty - for the newly-formed Gleneagles Partnership as well as a winner, Jack Frost, for the Queen.

Henderson said: "The syndicate is a new concept we came up with around the time of the Ryder Cup."

Jack Frost made it two from two in the colours of Her Majesty in the Oxwick NH Flat Race, Peter Carberry on board.

Henderson said: "He's a nice horse and I'm not sure Her Majesty would be too keen to sell!"

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