Slade Power takes Diamond Jubilee
Slade Power continued what has been an amazing week for trainer Ed Lynam and owner Sabina Power, following up stablemate Sole Power’s King’s Stand Stakes win earlier in the week by taking the Diamond Jubilee Stakes under Wayne Lordan.
Astaire and Gordon Lord Byron had set a very quick pace as they took each other on at the head of the field but this merely set up the race for the brilliant Slade Power who cruised into the race. He may have hit the front a little early however as he began to get lonely but soon put the race to bed as he sprinted clear to win by 1 1/2 lengths to the 3yo Due Diligence, with Aljamaaheer back in third.
Lordan said: “He travelled real well, I got there a little bit soon and he rolled around with me, but I had plenty left and I’m delighted.
“From early in his career he gets a little bit warm (before a race). If he wasn’t doing it I’d be worried.
“It feels great. We don’t come across these horses too often that can come and compete and when they win it’s even better.”
A delighted Ed Lynam commented on his fantastic week where he had three winners from just four runners:
“I just had the three best horses in their races.
“Trainers get 10 per cent (of prize-money) for a reason – it’s only 10 per cent to do with us.
“I’m very lucky to have very good horses, very good owners, a great family to back me up and marvellous staff.
“It’s been a great week and there is nowhere I like winning more than here. I love the place.”
By Kevin Walsh / Photo: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
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