Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Sole Power a 'horse of a lifetime'

Rich pickings: Richard Hughes guides Sole Power to victory in the Nunthorpe Stakes at York yesterday

Trainer Eddie Lynam described Sole Power as "a horse of a lifetime" after he confirmed his status as king of the five-furlong division with a performance of stunning domination in the Coolmore Nunthorpe at York.

The silence was deafening in the Knavesmire grandstands in 2010 when 100-1 shot Sole Power claimed a shock victory in the Group One contest for then-relatively unheralded trainer Eddie Lynam.

How things have changed, with the Co Meath-based handler now affectionately known as 'Fast Eddie' and widely regarded as one of the finest trainers of sprinters in the sport.

With Richard Hughes on his back again, Sole Power was ridden to play his cards late as usual.

Hughes was coolness personified as he sat motionless with just half a furlong to run and when the gap came, Sole Power merely had to be shaken up to go through the gears in effortless style.

The victory means Lynam has won every Group One sprint in Britain so far this season, with Sole's younger stable companion Slade Power dominating in the Diamond Jubilee and July Cup.

Lynam said: "Two weeks ago, he had American ringworm. No word of a lie, we had the rugs off him, his diet changed, we had to hand walk him and couldn't train him.

"He's a super horse, a horse of a lifetime. He was about 97 points lighter (starting price) than he was four years ago! We're lucky to have him.

"We haven't run him in Ireland for a good few years. There's a race on Champions Weekend (Flying Five Stakes, September 14) and we'd like to support it.

"We'll give him a blow out in Longchamp in the Abbaye, keep him ticking over, and then Hong Kong. I'd love another go at that."

Of the winning ride, Lynam said: "I think those are the rides Richard likes, he enjoys it more than we do but he was excellent on him – full credit to him, he's a top-class jockey and it was a first-class ride. I always felt he was going to get there."

Hughes said: "He's brilliant, he's made for me. When I was 14 or 15 I dreamed about riding horses like this, and doing it like that."

Ted Veale, trained in Co Meath by Tony Martin, can win today's £265,000 Betfred Ebor at York.

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