Smart Irish sprinter, Sole Power, is reportedly bang on course in his bid to regain the Group 1 Nunthorpe Stakes at York’s Ebor Festival on August 24, a race in which he sprang one of the biggest ever surprises in British pattern racing, when defeating the favourite Starspangledbanner at odds of 100/1 in the 2010 renewal, writes Elliot Slater
At the time of his famous win, many people put the success down to some sort of a fluke, but his subsequent performances have demonstrated that Edward Lynam’s five-year-old is indeed a very talented sprinter.
He figures as one of the market principals for the coveted five furlong contest, being generally on offer at 7/1 in the horse racing tips, behind Roger Charlton’s Bated Breath (5/1).
In the 2011 campaign, the son of Kyllachy landed the Group 2 Temple Stakes, ran second in the Flying Five Stakes at the Curragh, then finished a very close third to Tangerine Trees in the Group 1 Prix de l’Abbaye at Longchamp on Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe day, last October.
After failing to land a blow, but being far from disgraced when sixth in the Group 1 Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sprint at Sha Tin in December, Sole Power journeyed on to Dubai where he lost out by just a short-head to the useful Invincible Ash on his debut in the desert kingdom.
He then ran a tremendous race to finish runner-up to Australia’s Ortensia in the Group 1 Al Quoz Sprint.
In his two outings, this term, Lynam’s sprinter has continued to run with tremendous credit, failing by just a short-head to repel Bated Breath in the Temple Stakes at Haydock in May, then again running a cracker to be third to Little Bridge in the Group 1 King’s Stand Stakes. All things considered, Sole Power looks set to again go very close in the feature York speed test.
The York Ebor Festival betting page is a popular destination for race-goers interested in a flutter on the upcoming race meeting.