I honestly think the others should be more afraid of Sole Power than we are of them.
When Sheikh Albadou won the Breeders Cup Sprint at Churchill Downs in 1991, there were very few people who predicted that in 2015 an eight year old gelding would be the next European horse to win a Group 1 sprint outside of Europe. That’s what Sole Power did two runs back at Meydan. Last year he was the first horse since 1934 to win back to back King’s Stands and now he’s trying to become the first ever to win three in a row. These aren’t achievements to be sniffed at.
He’s older, wiser and his run in Dubai tells you better than ever.
We’re drawn 6 of 19 in the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot. That probably means coming up the same side as last year. If I could have picked a number it would have been between 8 and 12 so 6 isn’t too bad. What’s more important is that the weather has been good, so the ground should be nice and quick which will be spot on.
I remember in 2012 we really fancied him for this race and we were celebrating the night before (we always do, just in case) when it started lashing it down. It ended up good to soft and he ran a cracker from the wrong side of the track to be third to Little Bridge. Who knows, if it hadn’t rained he could be going for four in a row.
The two I’d worry about the most are Shamal Wind and Meccas Angel because we know least about them. But the reality is it’s a fast and furious minute or so, and whoever wins will have got normal racing luck in running. I’m as bullish as ever, but we’re never afraid to get beat. If we don’t win, I’ll be first over the congratulate the new champs.
Come on Solo!