Saturday 16 December 2017

Power bursts Overdose bubble

Ashley Iveson

Irish challenger Sole Power (8/1) claimed victory in the Temple Stakes at Haydock bursting Overdose's bubble in the process.

The Hungarian superstar arrived on Merseyside having won 15 of his 16 starts on the continent, earning the nickname 'The Budapest Bullet' for his scintillating displays of speed from the front.

But injury problems have plagued his career for the last couple of years and although a minor-race victory in Germany last month suggested the firepower remained, this was his first try back in the big time.

Having overcome a slightly tardy start, Jozef Roszival's six-year-old looked content bouncing along out in front for the first half of the five-furlong contest.

But jockey Andreas Suborics was sending out the distress signals soon after.

He eventually faded and passed the post a disappointing seventh.

Edward Lynam's Sole Power was a shock 100/1 winner of the Nunthorpe at York last year and many sceptics had that down as a fluke.

But ridden by South African Keagan Latham, the son of Kyllachy silenced the doubters by showing a brilliant burst of speed when it mattered to collect Group Two honours by three-quarters of a length from Kingsgate Native.

"Anyone who thought he fluked the Nunthorpe can think again," Lynam said.

"There were the winners of the last four Nunthorpes in that race today and luckily it was our turn, which is the way with sprinters.

"Keagan gave him a lovely ride and I'm delighted the horse has silenced the doubters.

"He'll go to the posh place (Royal Ascot) for the King's Stand, but the race we want to win again is the Nunthorpe."

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