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Sole Power completes Group One domination at York

All three of the Group One races at this years Ebor meeting at York were trained in Ireland with Eddie Lynam's Sole Power yesterday adding to Aidan O'Brien's double earlier in the week.

There will be many breathtaking winners throughout the season but few winning rides would get the pulses racing just like Hughes' on Sole Power as the pair added to their Royal Ascot triumph in dramatic style.

The electric seven-year-old was held up over the five-furlongs of the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes by Hughes who took over the riding of the horse this season following Johnny Murtagh's retirement and despite being full of running it looked as if the gaps were not going to come until Hughes "went under Jamie Spencer's armpit" as he described it to get up in the shadows of the post by a convincing half a length.

Hughes said of the 10-time winner afterwards; "He's a right little horse and I love him."

Lynam won the race with Sole Power four years previously when the pair were sent off 100/1 but yesterday's 11/4 favourite has gone from strength to strength since then.

"Two weeks ago, he had American ringworm, we had to get him right for it and we had only 10 days to train him.

"He's a super horse, a horse of a lifetime, it's just the way he does it," Lynam said.

Sole Power's last run on homesoil came in the listed Flying Five Stakes at the Curragh in 2011 but now upgraded to a Group Three and moved to Champions Weekend, Lynam is keen to support the meeting.

"We haven't run him in Ireland for a good few years. There's a race on Champions Weekend and we'd like to support it. We'll give him a blow out in Longchamp in the Abbaye, keep him ticking over, and then Hong Kong. I'd love another go at that. He was second there last year."

It was another good day for Irish horses as Dermot Weld saddled Pale Mimosa to deny Estimate in the Lonsdale Cup under Pat Smullen and Weld neither confirmed or denied a crack at the Melbourne Cup with quick ground being a major concern for connections.

"The problem is she loves a little ease in the ground. We'll think about it (Melbourne Cup) and discuss it in great detail and see where we go after this."

Smullen credited Weld by adding; "She's a little bit fragile and we were thankful for the drop of rain. The boss has done a great job keeping her right."


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