Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 December 2014

Trainer Eddie Lynam savours final Ascot Power trip

Out in front: Wayne Lordan rode Slade Power to victory
Out in front: Wayne Lordan rode Slade Power to victory

Owner Sabena Power and trainer Eddie Lynam ended Royal Ascot week just as they began it when Slade Power secured connections a remarkable a sprint double in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes.

Sole Power represented Power and Lynam in Tuesday's King's Stand, but after he was quickly ruled out of the final day feature over six furlongs, the two years younger, but unrelated, Slade Power more than filled his shoes.

The only difference was that Wayne Lordan was in the saddle rather than Richard Hughes and the 7-2 favourite was ridden more prominently and to less dramatic effect than the fast-finishing Sole Power, but it was the same outcome as he strongly repelled Due Diligence and obliged by a length and a half.

As Sole Power is the five-furlong specialist and Slade Power has his first top-level victory at six, it would appear easy for Lynam to keep them apart, but they will meet once again in next month's Darley July Cup at Newmarket.

Lynam said: "They're special owners, and I'm lucky to have special staff, special horses and a great family to back me up. It's just a coincidence, I've got two very good horses and they'll both run in the July Cup.

"Sole Power will wear the first colours as he's the elder statesman and the stable pet.

"It's been a great week and there is nowhere I like winning more than here. I love the place."

Telescope evoked memories of Harbinger when running away with the Hardwicke Stakes and like the 2010 victor, the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes now beckons for the same owners, Highclere Thoroughbred Racing.

The 7-4 favourite has had his critics after he failed to live up to expectations as a candidate for the Investec Derby last year and was beaten in both starts so far this term, but he put the record straight with a seven-length victory in the hands of Ryan Moore.

Stoute has another progressive middle-distance performer in Arab Spring (11-4 favourite) after the four-year-old put up an admirable performance in the Duke of Edinburgh Stakes.

Moore made it a treble when Pique Sous gave Willie Mullins his second win in the last three the Queen Alexandra Stakes.

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