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Eddie LYNAM'S Slade Power was among the equine globe-trotters to enter quarantine on Thursday ahead of his Australian swansong.

Hours later, word filtered through from Down Under that Lankan Rupee had been beaten for a second time in succession at Moonee Valley.

When Lynam mooted the possibility of a bold tilt at the VRC Sprint Classic in Flemington on November 8, Lankan Rupee was the horse that he name-checked as a target. He was supposed to be the next Black Caviar, but he is proving far more vulnerable.

Taking on the Auzzie sprinters at home is always a daunting prospect. Nonetheless, Tom Hogan enjoyed a famous triumph there in the spring with Gordon Lord Byron and Lynam will doubtless be encouraged by Lankan Rupee's latest reversal.

Slade Power is a serious six-furlong sprinter. The Diamond Jubilee and July Cup hero missed the Sprint Cup after contracting ringworm, but he wouldn't be allowed to enter quarantine if that hadn't fully cleared.

Irish Independent