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Longevity is Power-ful thing in the Flat game

Sole Power fully deserved to be crowned Horse Of The Year at Monday's HRI Awards as did Australia and as did Hurricane Fly.

That's not being unfair to the other candidates by not mentioning them but after a fantastic season that will end (hopefully in style) in Hong Kong on Sunday, Sole Power was a worthy winner.

Australia was a dual Derby winner, which is hardly common, and Hurricane Fly is a 20-time Grade One winner which has simply never been done before, three of those Grade Ones coming since he won Horse Of The Year last year.

But I think as well as winning three times at Group level this year, Sole Power proved that when it comes to good Flat horses, their longevity is key.

The fact that he is a gelding is not a topic you'll get Eddie Lynam talking too long about, but the fact that he's been around long enough for us all to enjoy and appreciate him was obviously a help in his deserved appreciation earlier this week.