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Sole Power slaloms through Nunthorpe Stakes field for fourth Group One win

Updated: Friday, 22 Aug 2014 17:25 | Comments

Sole Power displayed devastating acceleration to get up in the Nunthorpe
Sole Power displayed devastating acceleration to get up in the Nunthorpe

Sole Power landed a fourth Group One win as Richard Hughes extricated Eddie Lynam's gelding from the most unpromising of positions to land the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes at York for a second time.

Four years ago, Lynam's gelding belied his odds to claim the race as a 100-1 chance, but after he defended his title in the King's Stand at Royal Ascot, he was the 11-4 favourite this time.

Hughes had to make a dramatic move to switch Sole Power as he had nowhere to go with just over a furlong left, but they dived through a gap to pinch the race from Stepper Point, eventually scoring by a half-length margin.

Extortionist was third, another short head back.

Hughes said: "He's brilliant, he's made for me. When I was 14 or 15 I dreamed about riding horses like this, and doing it like that."

As expected, the fleet-footed Take Cover broke smartly and attempted to repeat his recent front-running success at Goodwood but he could not sustain the gallop.

Moviesta and Stepper Point were duelling up front, and Extortionist was beginning a late charge, but Sole Power's turn of foot was simply far too good.

It means, after the feats of Slade Power, that Lynam and the Power family have won all four British Group One sprints so far this season.

Lynam said: "Two weeks ago, he had American ringworm, we had to get him right for it and we had only 10 days to train him.

"He's a super horse, a horse of a lifetime, it's just the way he does it. He was about 97 points lighter than he was four years ago!

"We haven't run him in Ireland for a good few years. There's a race on Champions Weekend and we'd like to support it. We'll give him a blow out in Longchamp in the Abbaye, keep him ticking over, and then Hong Kong. I'd love another go at that."

Trainer William Muir said of the gallant Stepper Point: "I know how good he is, but he's always overlooked.

"We know what he likes and doesn't like, but we keep running him and he always runs his race.

"Sole Power is the best sprinter in Europe, we just can't beat him - we're not far behind him but I thought we'd beaten him today. I don't know where we'll go next."

Olly Stevens said of Extortionist: "He's very good. The rain yesterday was no help as he wants it rattling fast and I'm just glad we got so close to the winner. He'll be a real horse next year as it's so hard for three-year-olds, the programme and weight-for-age scale is all against them.

"We might try six next. He's in at Haydock and the Ascot race."

Owner Ritchie Fiddes said of fourth home Moviesta: "He's put to bed any doubts about York or five furlongs and showed how good he is.

"We've got him in at Haydock, but we'll sit down and have a chat as he's got options in America and Dubai later in the year. You might not see the best of him until he's six or seven."

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