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Sole switches on late power


Sole Power and Richard Hughes

Sole Power and Richard Hughes

Sole Power and Richard Hughes

Sole Power landed a famous victory when he took the Al Quoz Sprint at the fifth attempt with his customary late surge in the five-furlong Group One contest at Meydan.

Richard Hughes typically delayed his challenge on the Eddie Lynam-trained eight-year-old to collar Peniaphobia inside the dying strides.

Amber Sky set a scorching gallop, which enabled Sole Power (11-2) to settle towards the rear before gunning down the opposition late on. Green Mask finished third.

Hughes said: "He's a wonderful little horse. I thought he ran too lacklustre (on his last start at Meydan), but Eddie Lynam's done something and it's worked a treat.

"This horse deserves more recognition than he gets. He has been competing at the level for five seasons and I knew when I moved out a furlong and a half out we were in with a massive chance.

"I still think he was a little but rusty, but I rode my own race and he stuck his neck out gamely to the line. That was the real Sole Power we saw and it's my last ever ride at Meydan."

Owner Sabena Power added: "I'm so thrilled. He surprises us all the time - he's fantastic. Richard was just wonderful. He was just so cocky."

County Meath handler Lynam, whose charge was winning at Group One level for the fifth time, is already thinking of a return to Royal Ascot, where Sole Power claimed the King's Stand Stakes last summer.

He said: "He's put his CV up for (leading) European sprinter today. He's just come to himself. On his day, he was always capable of doing it. If I could, I'd love him to do it at Royal Ascot as well."

Doug Whyte, who steered Peniaphobia into second place, said: "I couldn't fault the way he ran. That was the first time he has travelled abroad. He was a true gentleman out there. He went down and stood completely still at the gate. He looks a true professional and I think Royal Ascot would suit him very well indeed."

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