2014 Racing News

Power to bid Again for Prix de l’Abbaye

Power to bid Again for Prix de l’Abbaye

Eddie Lynam’s admirable sprinter, Sole Power, looks set to have another crack at the Group 1 Prix de l’Abbaye de Longchamp in early October, a race in which he has run with plenty of credit in the past, but that has always eluded his grasp.

Fifth in the French sprint 12 months ago behind Whizz Kid, and beaten just a head into third place in a three-way photo-finish behind Brian Smart’s Tangerine Trees in the 2011 renewal, the six-year-old would certainly not be winning out of turn should he finally manage to get the win in the race he so richly deserves.

At York recently in the Group 1 Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes, the son of Kyllachy again put up a tremendous performance on ground softer than ideal for him, being beaten just half-a-length into third place behind the shock 40/1 winner, Jwala, and the South African star, Shea Shea.

Lynam’s star performer had stunned the racing world just three years earlier when landing the top-class international sprint at odds of 100/1 at the main expense of the hot favourite, Starspangledbanner.

Ideally suited by quick ground – something that is a rarity in Paris in the autumn – Sole Power landed the Group 3 Palace House Stakes at Newmarket in May before going on to a famous success at Royal Ascot a month later, when cutting down his old rival, Shea Shea, in the dying strides of the Group 1 King’s Stand Stakes, scoring by a neck under a superbly judged ride from Johnny Murtagh.

Lynam also confirmed that Sole Power’s talented stable companion, Slade Power – a big disappointment at York – will more than likely take his chance at Haydock on September in the Group 1 Betfred Sprint Cup, a contest for which he is currently on offer at 8/1 in the 2014 horse racing betting for the six furlong affair.

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