Sole Powers to Meydan victory

Sole Power with Richard Hughes in the saddle won for the first time in Meydan on Saturday

Sole Power with Richard Hughes in the saddle won for the first time in Meydan on Saturday

Fifty seven and a half seconds is exactly how long it took the Eddie Lynam trained Sole Power to pick up some of the £20 million prize money on offer at the lucrative Dubai World Cup meeting at Meydan on Saturday.

While connections of Sole Power will undoubtedly be delighted with the £384,615.38 won by the 8-y-o for his efforts in the 5f sprint, that prize money almost pales into insignificance in comparison to the £3, 846,153.85 won by Prince Bishop for his victory in the featured Dubai World Cup.

Owner Sheik Hamdan is certainly not short of a few dirham or two but at least the Dubai Autism Centre benefitted as the Sheik donated the entire £3.8million to the centre.

For Sole Power it was a timely return to form having finished a disappointing 12th on his last start in Dubai three weeks ago.

Having dominated the five furlong sprint division in Britain last season Sole Power won for the first time outside the British Isles when he was produced with a customary late run by Richard Hughes to win the Group One Sprint.

Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen was also celebrating following Brown Panther’s in the 2m Dubai Gold Cup.
In an interesting development at home the booking of Ryan Moore for three rides for Aidan O’Brien provided one of the main talking points at the Curragh on Sunday.

The pair combined to win the 6f maiden with The Warrior while Aidan’s son Joseph was unsuccessful over hurdles at Limerick. The former champion flat jockey continues to struggle with his weight and may well be restricted to national hunt racing for the foreseeable future.

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