Monday 19 February 2018

Power among Sprint possibles

Sole Power in action at York
Sole Power in action at York

Sole Power heads a strong Irish contingent among the confirmations for the Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock on Saturday.

Eddie Lynam's King's Stand and Nunthorpe Stakes winner could be joined by the filly Viztoria but July Cup winner Slade Power was taken out by the handler.

Aidan O'Brien has left in Cougar Mountain and Fountain Of Youth but the ante-post favourite Due Diligence will not run.

Others in the strong Irish squad include Maarek and Majestic Queen, while last year's winner Gordon Lord Byron also stands his ground.

Clive Cox has supplemented the consistent Es Que Love for the Group One contest.

Winner of the Lennox Stakes at Glorious Goodwood, Cox has been encouraged to make the move, at a cost of £15,600, by the dry weather forecast for Merseyside this week.

"He's in great form and we're playing with the Goodwood winnings, so it seemed a sensible thing to do," said Cox.

"His last piece of work was super and it is forecast to be dry for the rest of the week.

"If that's right and it gets warmer this week, then I hope very much that the ground will be in his favour.

"He could have run in the Park Stakes at Doncaster over seven furlongs, but he would have had a 4lb penalty so that was another factor to sway us.

"We gave it lots of thought and when you think Sole Power has yet to win over six, it gives the race an open look."

Es Que Love is one of 25 possibles for the Group One, which includes Music Master, who will represent Henry Candy having been forced to miss the Nunthorpe, while Moviesta, who ran so well in the York race, will aim to prove he is as good over an extra furlong.

Aljamaaheer, Wokingham winner Baccarat, Gregorian, Tropics and Saturday's Beverley Bullet winner Pearl Secret are all in the mix.

There is a strong three-year-old challenge, too, with Hot Streak, Danzeno, Extortionist and G Force all set to take on their elders.

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