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Lynam to find Sole settled in

Ireland's newly crowned Horse of the Year Sole Power will be closely watched by trainer Eddie Lynam today.

On Monday, the Meath-based trainer dashed straight to the airport after picking up both the Flat Award and Horse of the Year award at the HRI Awards.

Lynam can be expected to find his stable star in good form at Sha Tin after his groom David Mason gave a positive bulletin yesterday morning.

Lynam had expressed a slight concern on Monday that the horse had lost more weight than he would have preferred when travelling over to Hong Kong last weekend but Mason reported that the seven-year-old is eating and drinking well.

"He takes his travelling really well, and that has been the case again this time. Although he lost about 10 kilos - that is standard and he is drinking and eating plenty. He was squealing this morning and is in great shape. We're confident of another big show in the Sprint after last year's second."


Trainer Tom Hogan was another to leave Leopardstown on Monday with a coveted HRI Award and he is due to watch Gordon Lord Byron up his work ahead of a meeting with Sole Power in Sunday's Hong Kong Sprint.

Gordon Lord Byron is no stranger to Hong Kong or indeed global travelling having picked up a Group One success in Australia earlier this year and like Hogan, his travelling head lad and former jockey Eddie Power is confident that the Hong Kong Sprint, rather than the Hong Kong Mile, is the race for the fairytale horse.

"He seems happy. He's travelled well, and everything is in good order with the horse. He's run well here twice in the Mile, but I think the sprint is his race," Power suggested. "He's had a similar enough prep to last year and he's held his condition well since arriving.

"He'll do a piece of work on the grass on Thursday and possibly go again on Saturday. All good. No complaints with him. His trainer (Hogan) will be here on Thursday morning and I expect his jockey (Wayne Lordan) will have a sit on him on Saturday."

Trainer Jim Bolger is one of the few Irish trainers to saddle a winner in Hong Kong at their big International meeting - Alexander Goldrun won the Hong Kong Cup 10 years ago - and he too is due at Sha Tin tomorrow morning to watch his Hong Kong Vase hopeful Parish Hall.

A current outsider of the field, Bolger's travelling head Ger Flynn is not phased by the five-year-old's long odds and is hopeful of a bold showing against the likes of old favourite Red Cadeaux.

"He travelled over well and hasn't lost a whole load of kilos. He's eating well and really seems to be flourishing over here," said Flynn. "We'll probably give him a look at the turf and let him point his toe on Thursday by which time his trainer (Bolger) will be here. He'll be an outsider on Sunday but he won't know that.

"Alexander Goldrun was big odds when she won the Cup for us back in 2004."