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Sole powers up for Nunthorpe


Sole Power wins the Nunthorpe

Sole Power wins the Nunthorpe

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Sole Power wins the Nunthorpe

Sole Power will attempt to win the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes for a second time after featuring among 27 confirmations for the Group One sprint at York next Friday.

Eddie Lynam's star, who lifted the King's Stand at Royal Ascot this season, landed the Knavesmire prize at odds of 100-1 in 2010.

The trainer also provides the only other Irish-trained possible in Slade Power. The four-year-old finished ahead of his stablemate when third in the July Cup and has since gone on to win the Phoenix Sprint Stakes at the Curragh.

Mike de Kock's globetrotter Shea Shea, winner of the Al Quoz Sprint at Meydan in March, will bid to open his British Group One account under Frankie Dettori after taking second and fourth places respectively in the King's Stand and July Cup.

As expected, James Fanshawe has taken out Society Rock, who was second in the Newmarket six-furlong Group One and will be aimed at a repeat victory the Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock next month.

Spirit Quartz, second to Ortensia 12 months ago, tries again, while his trainer Robert Cowell can also call on Kingsgate Native, winner of this race in 2007 for Sir Michael Stoute, as well as Jwala.

Leading the Yorkshire charge in the five-furlong dash is the Bryan Smart-trained Moviesta, who booked his place with a convincing victory in the King George Stakes at Glorious Goodwood. Other possibles in a quality field are Swiss Spirit, Tickled Pink, Jack Dexter and Heeraat.

There is one supplementary entry at a cost of £25,000 in the Reg Bond-owned and Geoff Oldroyd-trained Ladies Are Forever. The five-year-old mare, a dual Group Three course winner over six furlongs, finished fifth to Moviesta at Goodwood.

Oldroyd said: "She's on top of her game and she's in a good nick. She ran a big race at Goodwood in the King George and was a bit unlucky not to be in the first three.

"It would be nice to win for Reg Bond on his home ground with a horse he bred himself. She's in great form and if she's ever going to win one it's going to be this year. That's why we've done it.

"Hopefully this heatwave will come and one or two might not go. She was finishing like a train at Goodwood and this five furlongs will suit her better. I think she goes there with a chance."