Richard Hughes rides the rocket Sole Power for the first time at Ascot on Tuesday in the King’s Stand Stakes.
The Paddy Power Blog spoke to trainer Eddie Lynam to get the ‘Science Behind Sole Power’ ahead of Ascot. He has high expectations for the horse owned by Paddy Power’s parents to repeat last year’s victory, as long as the ground is quick enough.
Our graphic shows the anatomy of thoroughbred sprinters such as Sole Power and how they convert air into blistering speed for races such as the five-furlong King’s Stand Stakes.
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“Sole Power has been massive for me,” says Lynam. “He has run in 16 Group Ones and finished in the frame eight times including two victories. He gives 110 per cent every time he goes to the racecourse. He has had a huge influence on my career. I love him very much and I am very proud of him.”
Sole Power goes up against Shea Shea in the King’s Stand after beating the South African challenger by a neck last year, following a stunning ride by then-jockey Johnny Murtagh. Richard Hughes rides Sole Power as Murtagh’s replacement on the seven-year-old, Ryan Moore, has been claimed by Aidan O’Brien for Guerre.
Sole Power warmed up for his shot at retaining his Royal Ascot sprint crown with victory in the Palace House Stakes at Newmarket last month.