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Saturday 23 August 2014

Sole switches on the power

Published 03/05/2014 | 16:12

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Sole Power, left, landed the Pearl Bloostock Palace House stakes at Newmarket

Sole Power recorded back-to-back-victories in the Pearl Bloodstock Palace House Stakes at Newmarket with another classy display.

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Ryan Moore brought Eddie Lynam's dual Group One winner to lead inside the final furlong after Justineo and Stepper Point had made the running in this Group Three five-furlong dash.

Despite having to be switched right for a clear run at a vital stage, the 9-4 favourite found a terrific turn of foot and got home by half a length from Kingsgate Native, who was also second 12 months ago. Hot Streak was another head away in third.

Moore said: "He's probably the best five-furlong horse in England and Ireland. He was back to his best today. If he gets a hard pace to run at he's about the best there is."

Lynam added: "Ryan said he was super today. Unlike his trainer, he is improving with age. He's very honest - too honest - and Ryan loved him today.

"We're looking forward to another good season. If he gets three things - his ground, that he's bouncing out of his skin, and that Ryan Moore rides - he'll go to the Temple Stakes. If not, then he's off to the King's Stand at Royal Ascot."

Kingsgate Native's effort delighted his trainer Robert Cowell, who said: "He's nine years old and showing no signs of stopping.

"He looked a bit burly today but the plan was to have him ready to defend his title in the Temple Stakes. I don't think he'll be going to Royal Ascot anyway."

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