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Sole Power lying with 'Fast Eddie'

Yesterday's opening day of the Ebor Meeting at York may have been all about Aidan O'Brien and, most notably, Australia, but today and tomorrow Meath-based trainer Eddie Lynam will lead the Irish challenge as Anthem Alexander contests a competitive Lowther Stakes this afternoon, while Sole Power will line up in tomorrow's Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes.

It was in the same race back in 2010 when the 100/1 shot Sole Power blasted his way onto the sprinting scene when winning under Wayne Lordon and he's back now to try and follow up his King's Stand triumph at Royal Ascot having not run since.

Ground made sure he was a defector from an intended engagement in the July Cup, which Lynam won with Slade Power, and there is probably little doubt that one of Sole Power's biggest dangers tomorrow is Aidan O'Brien's Cougar Mountain, who was fifth in the July Cup on only his second ever start and there's no doubt he'll be one of the most intriguing horses in tomorrow's Group One contest.

Trainer Dermot Weld also mounts a challenge today and tomorrow - he will take aim at the Lonsdale Cup in which Pale Mimosa will tackle the extended two miles and possibly set up a tilt at the Palmerstown House Irish St Leger and the Emirates Melbourne Cup.

The same could be said said for Mick Halford's Certerach who will also face the starter in the Group Two with Jamie Spencer renewing his assocition against the likes of Cavalryman and Estimate.