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The firmer the ground the better Sole Power’s chance in Sunday’s Prix de l’Abbaye

It's the only Group One 5f race we haven't won in Europe - but I'm hoping that's about to change this weekend

by Paddy Power | September 30, 2014

Only a few sleeps until I get to indulge in what has been the best thing about 2014 so far (quick memory check – make sure I didn’t have any more kids this year…all good) which was being a groupie to Mum’s Power horses, Sole & Slade.

Sole Power runs in the Prix de l’Abbaye at Longchamp on Sunday – and this is the only five furlong Group 1 sprint in Europe that he is yet to win. I’m mad up for it!

One of the main reasons why he’s never won it is that the ground at Longchamp is usually soft in October – and Sole Power doesn’t like it soft.

This year is different though as it hasn’t really rained much in Paris and the forecast is pretty good between now and Sunday. It rained on Monday night but I’ve done my research for the week (below) and this could be our chance!


Luck of the draw

The draw for the Prix de l’Abbaye is important and they say you must be drawn low. I actually think Sole Power will be better suited by a draw of about stall six or seven as he could easily get caught on the rails with no run if drawn too low.

As for the opposition, everyone should be more afraid of us than we are of them. It’s a five furlong sprint, so anything could happen and one mistake will probably cost you the race, but Sole Power has been awesome this year.

Richard Hughes will now ride for us as the connections of Tiggy Wiggy have done the sensible thing and given the poor girl a rest after last Saturday’s great win!

Sole Power King's Stand

Down Under

The facts, figures and form book say we should be confident – but what does Sole Power himself think?

The other day, just before Slade Power headed to Australia for his last race at the Melbourne Carnival in November there was a kind of open day at Eddie Lynam’s yard for potential breeding suitors to come and have a look at Slade in the flesh.

Sole Power wasn’t impressed. In fact he completely got the hump and refused to even turn around in his box and look out at what was going on. Make no mistake, he is king pin in the yard and he’ll know bloody well that a win in Paris will remind everyone of that fact.

I could try to describe how his preparation has gone so far but it’s probably better summed up in the immortal words of Tegan and Sara: Everything is awesome (singing it to yourself works best).

Roll on Sunday, and the best thing is it’s the first race so we have the whole rest of the day to celebrate… and six more Group Ones including the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (where we’re already non runner no bet) to get our money back in if it all goes tits up.

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