Slade powers to Greenlands success
Slade Power made an extremely impressive return to action to take the Group 3 Greenlands Stakes at the Curragh for Edward Lynam and Wayne Lordan. The 5yo was making his first appearance of the season in the 6 furlong contest, but last season’s British Champions Sprint winner showed no ring rustiness, as he got the better of the in form Maarek to take the 6f contest.
Maarek had taken the Group 2 Duke Of York Stakes just ten days ago and as a consequence was sent off the 11/8 favourite, with Slade Power starting as a general 5/2 chance. Lordan always had the eventual winner at the business end and when he kicked for home seemed to catch Maarek and jockey Declan McDonogh on their toes, a move that ultimately sealed the victory.
McDonogh found a willing partner as he asked his charge to try and reel in the leader but Slade Power was always doing enough and crossed the line 2 lengths ahead of his rival, with Andrew Slattery’s An Saighdiur back in third.
Lynam said: “He’s a very good colt, he’s a bit like his trainer – he had a bit of temperament but he’s grown up better than I have. He’s behaving well at the gates now.
“He’s been second and third in Group Ones and I’d love to win one with him. He’s a bit special as we bred him.
“I was happy with his training coming here, I just thought with 10st on the ground the horse with the run (Maarek) might be the danger but he won doing handstands.
“He’ll go for the Diamond Jubilee (at Royal Ascot) now.”
By Kevin Walsh / Photo: Pat Healy/PA Wire
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