Sole Power leaves it late in the Nunthorpe
Sole Power left it very late to pounce in the Group 1 Nunthorpe Stakes under a patient ride from Richard Hughes, reclaiming the title he had taken four years earlier. Ed Lynam’s charge had been a shock 100/1 winner back in 2010 but there was nothing like a three figure price around today at York, with Sole Power, a winner of the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot last time, sent off the 11/4 favourite.
The 7yo is one of those tricky horses to ride, having to be held up throughout before coming through late on to mount a challenge. There is no one better in the weigh-room at this certain type of tactic than Champion jockey Hughes and he again confirmed this fact with a late slalom run to get up by just a 1/2 length in the end.
Hughes had, as always, let his mount cruise along behind what was a ferocious pace being set by Astaire, Stepper Point and Take Cover and there was some heart-stopping moments as Sole Power looked to be faced with plenty of traffic problems as the field kicked for home. The gap eventually appeared at the furlong pole and under Hughes’ urgings, Sole Power eventually reeled in Stepper Point. Extortionist was just a short-head back in third.
Winning trainer Eddie Lynam said: “It’s been a remarkable journey with this horse since he won this race four years ago. He’s now won this race twice, he’s won the King’s Stand twice and he’s a very talented performer.
“If the going is good, we could go for the Prix de l’Abbaye, although I wouldn’t want him to have too hard a race when there is Hong Kong still to think about too.”
“Two weeks ago, he had American ringworm, we had to get him right for it and we had only 10 days to train him.
“He’s a super horse, a horse of a lifetime, it’s just the way he does it. He was about 97 points shorter in the betting today than he was four years ago.
“We haven’t run him in Ireland for a good few years. There’s a race on Champions Weekend and we’d like to support it. We’ll give him a blow out in Longchamp in the Abbaye, keep him ticking over, and then Hong Kong. I’d love another go at that.”
By Kevin Walsh / Photo: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire
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