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Slade Power secures Greenlands Stakes at the Curragh

Updated: Saturday, 24 May 2014 18:24 | Comments

Slade Power will now be aimed at the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot
Slade Power will now be aimed at the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot

Slade Power booked his ticket for the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot as he thrilled trainer Eddie Lynam in winning the Weatherbys Greenlands Stakes at the Curragh.

The five-year-old was spotted cruising under Wayne Lordan with quarter of a mile to run as An Saighdiur did the hard work up front.

The 5-2 chance quickened nicely when asked and while 11-8 favourite Maarek gave chase, Lordan's mount ran out a ready two-length victor.

Lynam, who had taken Sole Power out of the Temple Stakes at Haydock due to testing ground, said: "He's a very good colt, he's a bit like his trainer - he had a bit of temperament but he's grown up better than I have. He's behaving well at the gates now.

"He's been second and third in Group Ones and I'd love to win one with him. He's a bit special as we bred him.

"I was happy with his training coming here, I just thought with 10st on the ground the horse with the run (Maarek) might be the danger but he won doing handstands.

"He'll go for the Diamond Jubilee now."

Cappella Sansevero is likely to join Slade Power on the journey to Berkshire next month after taking his unbeaten record to three with an impressive performance in the Cold Move EBF Marble Hill Stakes.

His task was made much easier when likely red-hot favourite The Great War was withdrawn on account of the ground, but there was still much to like about the Ger Lyons-trained two-year-old, who had previously won at Dundalk and Naas.

Held up through the early stages by Gary Carroll as Coto took up the running from Blackbriar, he made smooth progress over a furlong and a half out when pulled out for his challenge.

The writing was on the wall for Coto at the furlong pole and the 4-6 market leader duly swept past 150 yards from home, winning by three and a quarter lengths from Sors.

Lyons said: "In a nutshell, he was professional. We've done Dundalk, we've done horrible ground in Naas and now horrendous ground at the Curragh. Gary said he was hating the ground and his hooves were spinning early on.

"I told him to ride him like a good horse and take him off the bridle as late as possible.

"They say good horses can go on any ground, but I know he was hating that.

"He'll go five or six furlongs, but at the moment my gut feeling is the Norfolk Stakes (Royal Ascot).

"Hopefully the wheels don't fall off the wagon, but I'm happy with where he is at the moment."

Purr Along (20-1) was always held in the highest regard by her former trainer William Muir and picked up a Group Three prize on her first start for Johnny Murtagh in the Lanwades Stud Stakes.

She, too, is being aimed at the Royal meeting.

Murtagh said: "We've always thought a lot of her, she came with a big reputation.

"She was ready to run earlier in the year and was going really well in the spring.

"She had a few little hold-ups and we had to be patient and it paid off. Jamie gave her a lovely ride.

"We didn't know if she would handle the ground, but we knew she handled soft as she worked well on it the other day.

"It was worth taking the chance as there were no other races for her.

"She'll go for the Windsor Forest and she needed a run before that."

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