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Power out to end Meydan hoodoo

Sole Power will tread a familiar path as he tries to make it fourth-time lucky in the Al Quoz Sprint at Meydan.

Eddie Lynam's charge posted his best effort in the five-furlong heat when a length-and-a-half second to Ortensia back in 2012, before going on to finish fourth and seventh in the two subsequent renewals.

The eight-year-old won the King's Stand at Royal Ascot and the Nunthorpe at York last term, but failed to take a hand in the finish in his three starts at the end of the campaign before posting a disappointing effort when down the field in the Meydan Sprint earlier this month.

Lynam told At The Races: "He's training well and we're very happy with him. He ran on 'Super Saturday' and was a little bit disappointing. Hopefully he'll put that run behind him and bring his best form to the race.

"His best run in the race was three years ago when he was second behind Ortensia. He ran a good race when he was fourth and last year draw-wise he probably saw a bit more daylight.

"He seems to have taken a little bit longer to come to hand as he's got older and we're just hoping he reproduces his best on the day.

"He's won nearly two million euro in prize-money - he's a been a lifetime horse and we're very fond of him. Let's hope we've got another year of him performing at his best."

The Ian Williams-trained Sir Maximilian won the Meydan Sprint to book his place and cement his heady progress, lining up on a mark of 108, some 20lb higher than his rating this time last year.

Williams said: "I'm delighted with him. He's in good nick and Dawn Oxley, who has been with him in Dubai since January, has done a great job. He's the first horse I've run here, so there's been a lot to learn, but he is at the top of his game."

Ahtoug was beaten just a short head in that Group Three race and trainer Charlie Appleby was delighted to get a high draw in the 16-runner event.

"I was pleased with Ahtoug's draw. In sprints at Meydan, I am always happier when my horses are drawn towards the stands side. There is also plenty of speed around him so I am very happy being drawn 13," he said.

"He has been ultra consistent and has thrived once more during his second winter here in Dubai. Few other sprinters can match his consistency."

Caspar Netscher was a further head adrift in third that day and his trainer David Simcock is similarly pleased to have been given a double-figure stall.

He said: "I think he has a live chance. The Asian sprinters look very tough but mine has drawn well and he looks to have come forward for his prep run. He showed plenty of speed that day, he's in very good order and I like the fact he is drawn high (11).

"It is the first time we'd had a clear run with the horse since May last year. He had a pelvic problem which made the whole season particularly difficult. Everything was a rush, but he is now much better physically."

Fourth-placed Lancelot Du Lac also reopposes for Dean Ivory after finishing just behind Ahtoug on the first of his three Dubai runs back in January.

Ivory said: "He's been here for a while now and knows the ropes. I feel he goes in with a decent chance. He has never won over 1000 metres (five furlongs) but he ran well (over that trip) at the Carnival. I'm very happy with his draw (15). He is where the speed is, and that's important because he travels better when they go fast from the start."

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