High hopes for Sole Power success in HK

Eddie Lynam is hoping Sole Power can cap his “best ever year” with victory in Sunday’s Longines Hong Kong Sprint at Sha Tin.

High hopes for Sole Power success in HK

The seven-year-old claimed Group One gold in both the King’s Stand and Nunthorpe Stakes this term as well as landing the Group Three Palace House Stakes and not being beaten far in a couple of other events at the highest level.

Sole Power’s achievements were hailed at the Horse Racing Ireland Awards earlier this week and Lynam, who is now on hand to supervise the final touches to his charge’s preparation, believes a Hong Kong victory would be the crowning glory to the season.

Lynam said: “Sole Power lost a little more weight on the flight over than we would have liked but I’m happy enough with him. I’d say we’re hopeful about Sunday’s race.

“The draw will be important and he’s a come-from-behind sprinter so we’d like to see a good even pace.

“He’s had his best ever year. He’s rarely let us down, he had a great summer in England and we’re so proud of the horse especially after he was named Irish Horse of the Year.

“The race looks to be more open this year without Lord Kanaloa and Sole Power will be there doing his best.

“I have watched the trial race and it’s hard to work that race out, there were a number of hard luck stories, I think, and I don’t rule out the other Irish horse (Gordon Lord Byron) either.

“There are a lot of horses with chances.”

Meanwhwhile Roger Charlton’s Captain Cat will wear cheek pieces for the first time in Sunday’s Hong Kong Mile.

Charlton is well aware of the task he faces against the likes of Able Friend and Gold Fun. He said: “My assistant James Horton is happy with him. It’s a tough race but we have a chance.”

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