Saturday 1 October 2016

Edward Lynam confirms Sole Power for Haydock sprint

Published 16/05/2016 | 20:11

Sole Power winning the 2011 Temple
Sole Power winning the 2011 Temple

Sole Power has been confirmed for the Temple Stakes at Haydock on Saturday.

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The star sprinter, trained by Edward Lynam, won this race in 2011 and could return to England after finishing a well-beaten 11th in the Palace House at Newmarket last month.

Goldream also features in the 18-strong list for the Group Two over five furlongs.

Robert Cowell's speedster could only finish seventh to Pearl Secret in this Group Two dash 12 months ago before going on to glory in the King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Prix de l'Abbaye at Longchamp.

"It's all systems go for Saturday as long as the ground stays fast," Newmarket trainer Cowell told At The Races.

Cowell has also left in Kingsgate Native, who won this race in 2010 and 2013, Justineo, Iffranesia and Spirit Quartz.

"There's a Listed race the day before and we're going to have a few in that and run one or two in the Temple. We'll make a decision closer the time," said Cowell.

Pearl Secret, trained by David Barron, is in the mix again, while other familiar names include Profitable, Move In Time and Muthmir.

Michael Dods believes the weather forecast is looking favourable ahead of Mecca's Angel's planned comeback in the Temple.

The five-year-old, who was a popular winner of the Nunthorpe at York last season for Darlington-based Dods, must have cut in the ground to be seen at her best.

She missed several engagements last season due to the ground not being suitable, but the patience of her connections was rewarded by her big win at York.

"It's good to firm ground at the minute, but rain is forecast every day from now on," Dods told Racing UK.

"I obviously hope they get a bit and looking at the forecasts, they should do. She doesn't need it bottomless, she's fine on genuine good ground but if it was good to firm and I felt there was more firm in it, she wouldn't run. We'll definitely declare because it could rain Friday night."

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