Sole Power on course for Prix de l’Abbaye

SOLE POWER remains on course for the Qatar Prix de l’Abbaye at Longchamp next month as long as the ground is suitable.

The four-year-old cut no ice in the Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock over six furlongs on Saturday but would be returning to his best trip of five furlongs in Paris on October 2.

Things did not go to plan for Edward Lynam’s speedster at the Merseyside track but he did win the Group Two Temple Stakes there in May and was the 100-1 victor of the Group One Nunthorpe Stakes at York last summer, both over the minimum trip.

“It just didn’t work out at Haydock, but he’s fine,” said the Co Meath trainer. He’ll go for the French race next if the ground is OK. ”

Meanwhile, Marco Botti is leaving riding plans to new owners Coolmore as he prepares Excelebration for the Qatar Prix du Moulin at Longchamp on Sunday.

The Irish Stud operation purchased the German 2000 Guineas and Hungerford stakes winner three weeks ago, but the colt will continue to carry the colours of owner Giuliano Manfredini for the remainder of the season.

Adam Kirby has ridden the dual Group Two scorer in all four starts this season, but may not be in the saddle in France at the weekend.

“It will be down to Coolmore to make a decision. I am not sure at the moment if Adam will ride,” said Botti.

“He’s been working well and we’re happy with him,” Botti added. “For me, a mile is his best trip. Hopefully the ground won’t be too soft in France. ”

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