Sole can Power to another Nunthorpe success
Sole Power and can make his class tell to land the Group 1 Nunthorpe Stakes at York today (3.40) for a second time.
The Edward Lynam trained gelding burst onto the sprinting scene when landing this contest four years ago at odds of 100/1.
Since then he has gone on to prove himself on of the best sprinters in the world, winning multiple Group 1 contest and amassing career earning of over £1,375,000.
The seven-year-old has looked as good as ever this season, winning the Palace House Stakes at Newmarket before becoming the first successive winner of the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot since Gold Bridge in 1933/34.
Sole Power showed his customary devastating turn of foot in the latter to impressively beat Stepper Pint by 1 1/4 lengths, and had seveeral of today’s rivals – including the well-fancied Hot Streak and Take Cover – in behind.
As long as the rains stay away and the ground doesn’t become testing, a repeat of that run is going to make Sole Power very difficult to beat.
The biggest dangers to Sole Power could well prove to be Cougar Mountain and the aforementioned Take Cover.
The former is trained by Aidan O’Brien and ran out an impressive five length winner on debut at Naas in June before putting in a huge performance just 17 days later when pitched into Group 1 company and finishing a three length fifth of 13 to Slade Power in the July Cup over 6f at Newmarket.
The son of Fastnet Rock showed bags plenty of speed at headquarters before weakening late on, and the drop back to 5f looks sure to suit.
After just two starts the three-year-old remains totally unexposed and open to any amount of improvement, and Cougar Mountain could well be the fly in the ointment.
Take Cover is trained by David Griffiths and is unbeaten in two runs over course and distance.
The seven-year-old beat G Force in a Listed contest in the last of those, and posted a career best performance last time out when following up in the Group 2 King George Stakes at Goodwood.
Take Cover showed blistering speed in the latter and battled on gamely to beat Extortionist by a neck, and given his record at the track the son of Singspiel commands the utmost respect.