Saturday 22 October 2016

Power charged up for Nunthorpe

Published 20/08/2015 | 13:43

Sole Power
Sole Power

Sole Power will have a new man on top when he goes for his third triumph in the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes at York on Friday.

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Eddie Lynam's charge burst on to the scene when claiming a shock 100-1 success in 2010 and has since gone on to land a further four Group Ones, including last year's Nunthorpe.

With regular rider Richard Hughes now retired, Frankie Dettori will be aboard for the first time.

Paddy Power, son of owners Sabena and David Power, said: "There was a nice quote from Frankie saying he's always been a fan of the horse and has been dying to get on him, so it's great.

"Hopefully it's a great opportunity. Sole Power goes there as the reigning champ and I think he has a big chance again.

"Every race he runs in there are the same questions - he's eight years old now and has he lost his form?"

Heading the opposition to Sole Power is crack American youngster Acapulco, who destroyed her rivals in the Queen Mary.

Power said: " Hopefully Acapulco will go off at a million miles an hour and set it up for him.

"When you win a Group One you want them all to show up. We want him to keep proving how good he is so you want the good ones to turn up.

"Muthmir won at Goodwood because they went so fast. That was on firm ground and he probably wants the exact same conditions as us."

Trainer Wes Ward admits he never expected to have a juvenile capable of serving it up to the older horses as he prepares to saddle Acapulco.

"I think she is really going to bring her A-game to the table. I don't think there will be any excuses after the race," said Ward.

"I couldn't be happier with the way she has trained into it. She is extremely sound - she wouldn't have a pimple on her. She is a big, imposing filly. Physically, she is so sound it's like she is a four-year-old.

"She is just a big, monstrous individual and I am so extremely happy with her. I really didn't think I'd ever have the right two-year-old to bring over to take on older horses until now."

Goldream will be having his first start since posting a career-best effort when victorious in the King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot in June.

He had the reopposing Medicean Man beaten a short head in second that day, with Muthmir a further neck back in third. Pearl Secret, Sole Power, Take Cover, Wind Fire and Stepper Point were also in arrears.

Trainer Robert Cowell said: "He hasn't run since Ascot but that is because we didn't want to carry a Group One penalty and felt that Goodwood probably wasn't his track.

"He seems in excellent form and I am very happy with him. The horse doesn't know what price he is, but I suppose he has been a little overlooked.

"I'd like to think if all goes to plan there shouldn't be much between him and Muthmir."

Michael Dods was pleased to see rain on the Knavesmire earlier in the week as Mecca's Angel needs plenty of cut to be at her best.

Dods said: "She is in great form. I'm very pleased with her. Paul Mulrennan rode her in the middle of this week in a gallop. He was very happy with her.

"She's ready to run, but the ground is the most important factor with her. If she doesn't get her ground, then she would struggle. She is capable of winning a Group One, but she won't win a Group One on fast ground."

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