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Eddie Lynam keen for a first on international stage


Trainer Eddie Lynam

Trainer Eddie Lynam

Trainer Eddie Lynam

It was a silly question to ask David Power if he was nervous ahead of Sole Power's attempt to go one better in the Hong Kong Sprint than he did 12 months ago.

Considering he stands on the bookmakers' rail at all the big meetings, getting nervous about something that is out of his hands is not likely, but he is clearly a man that is enjoying every minute of the ride.

After watching Sole Power canter at Sha Tin Racecourse, Power told The Herald: "We got a good draw and we are just enjoying every minute of it."

"Sole Power seems to be in great form, Eddie is keeping him fresh and hopefully he'll get a bit of luck in running and be able to run his race."

Lynam has some reservations that the season may be catching up on Sole Power but is hopeful he can repeat the performance that saw him finish second in the race last year as in many eyes that may well be good enough to win this years renewal.

"Last year's winner Lord Kanaloa was the sprinting equivalent of a Frankel, just an exceptional sprinter and Europe probably didn't realise how good he was," Lynam reflected.

"We weren't able to live with him but we beat the rest of them and I think both Gordon Lord Byron and Sole Power have proved that on their day they are capable of winning a race like this."

Lynam admitted that "New Year's Eve won't be a happy day for me," as he wishes for 2014 to continue after an incredible year that has seen him reach over €2m in prize-money and eight Group winners.

"At the beginning of the year our stable staff won the Stable Staff of the Year Award and I am very proud of Sole that he won Horse of the Year and I was delighted for the team at home when my name was called out for the Flat award. I'm only the name on the licence and I'm delighted for my wife, Aileen, and the girls because they have to put up with a grumpy fella all of the time but it was marvellous."

The Powers have also enjoyed an incredibly memorable year with their main trainer.

"We've wound up the year with a half share in six horses with Eddie and running here on Sunday will be the sixth country we've had runners in this calendar year."

Lynam is hoping the sixth can cross one off his own personal bucket list.

"I've been second in three International Group Ones - I'd just love to win one."

And what a chance he has.