Lynam makes Melbourne power play with Slade

Trainer Eddie Lynam plans to send Slade Power to Australia for the 2014 Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.

The Diamond Jubilee Stakes winner will next be seen in the July Cup at Newmarket, where he is due to run against stablemate Sole Power, who expertly claimed back-to-back renewals of the King’s Stand Stakes last Tuesday.

But Lynam has even more ambitious plans later in the year, with Slade Power earmarked for the Group One VRC Sprint Classic over six furlongs on November 8. The five-year-old entire could go head to head with Australian sprint sensation Lankan Rupee in the penultimate leg of the Global Sprint Challenge.

Lynam told Sky Sports Radio in Australia: “I hear you have got a very good sprinter (Lankan Rupee) over there but we’ll give it a go.

“We’ve been doing a bit of research into him and he might not be Black Caviar but he’s very, very good and he’s going to be a hard nut to crack.

“We’re not afraid to lose, so we’re going to give it a go.”

Sole Power has also been invited to run at Flemington, but he is more likely to compete in the Hong Kong International Sprint at Sha Tin in December.

The County Meath handler said: “I think the Hong Kong Sprint would suit him more.

“I won’t rule out going to Melbourne with him just yet but I’d imagine he’d probably go to Hong Kong.”

Leigh Jordon, international recruitment officer for Racing Victoria, is optimistic Slade Power will end up at the Spring Carnival.

He said: “I spoke to trainer Edward Lynam. We just talked on the logistics about when he’s due to go into quarantine and it’s all very positive.

“He’s spoken with the connections and they’re looking very positively about bringing Slade Power down for the VRC Sprint, which is a great result.

“We had Lucky Nine come down last year as a previous Global Sprint Challenge winner and Slade Power was very impressive winning the Diamond Jubilee and overall he’s got very good form.

“In his last seven starts he’s won a Group One, the Diamond Jubilee, he’s won the Ascot Champions Sprint last October on their Champions day and he’s been placed behind Gordon Lord Byron in the Haydock Sprint.

“It’s a terrific result if we can get Slade Power out here – I think it will add a lot of interest to the sprints.

“He’s also a stallion as well and that may also be a part of their thinking that he’s probably, definitely, a future stallion prospect as well. It all lines up well, that was definitely in Edward’s mind as well and for connections.”

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