Sole powers clear in Temple

Sole Power bounced back to his best form to land the Temple Stakes at Haydock as the ’Budapest Bullet’ Overdose failed to fire.

Sole Power bounced back to his best form to land the Temple Stakes at Haydock as the ’Budapest Bullet’ Overdose failed to fire.

Keagan Latham was always travelling comfortably on Edward Lynam’s Nunthorpe Stakes winner and pounced in the final half a furlong.

The 8-1 shot won by three-quarters of a length from last year’s winner Kingsgate Native (7-2), with Prohibit (12-1) third.

Latham said: “They went very quick early on. I got a slight knock out of the gates, but I wasn’t too worried.

“They went hard early on and that worked in our favour.

“He picked up very nicely.”

Hamish McGonagall got a flyer out of the stalls and set a blistering pace, with Overdose and Rose Blossom trying to keep up with him.

Tangerine Trees made his bid for glory but his effort was short-lived as Borderlescott, Kingsgate Native and Sole Power all came with strong challenges.

But it was Sole Power who showed the greatest acceleration to prove his 100-1 shock success at York last August was no fluke with an authoritative triumph.

Overdose, the 9-4 favourite, found nothing in the closing stages and finished well beaten.

Lynam said: ``Anyone who thought he fluked the Nunthorpe can think again.

“There were the winners of the last four Nunthorpes in that race today and luckily it was our turn, which is the way with sprinters.

“Keagan gave him a lovely ride and I’m delighted the horse has shown the doubters.

“Henry Candy’s horse (Markab) had a 7lb penalty and we didn’t – that helped.

“We are aware of that and he won’t run in Ireland this year as horses carry their penalties for about two years.

“He’ll go to the posh place (Royal Ascot) for the King’s Stand, but the race we want to win again is the Nunthorpe.

“We want to go back.”

Chris Richardson, racing manager for Kingsgate Native's owners, Cheveley Park Stud, said: ``We are very happy with that.

“Ryan (Moore) said the draw didn’t help him, but it’s nice to see the horse back.

“He’ll go to Royal Ascot next for either the King’s Stand or the Golden Jubilee.

“As six furlongs stretches him just a bit, I would say it would be the King’s Stand.”

Jockey Andreas Suborics felt conditions went against Overdose, who finished seventh.

He said: “He really needs softer ground.

“After halfway I felt his legs tire and tire – I didn’t feel the horse kick like he usually does.

“He deserves another chance to show the public he is a really good sprinter on softer ground.”

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