Sole Power among bumper six-day entry for Betfred Sprint Cup
Last Updated: 01/09/14 5:13pm
Sole Power features among 25 six-day acceptors for Saturday's Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock.
Eddie Lynam's stable star was a thrilling winner of the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes at York last time and a settled weather forecast has encouraged connections to think about running in the weekend's big race. Stablemate Viztoria is also engaged.
Last year's winner Gordon Lord Byron is another leading hope from Ireland along with Aidan O'Brien's pair of Cougar Mountain and Fountain Of Youth and Tracey Collins' Viztoria.
Music Master leads the home defence along with Tropics, Extortionist, Aljamaheer, G Force and Hot Streak.
Es Que Love could drop back in trip following his Lennox Stakes success at Glorious Goodwood after being supplemented by trainer Clive Cox at a cost of £15,600.
"He's in great form and we're playing with the Goodwood winnings, so it seemed a sensible thing to do," said Cox.
"His last piece of work was super and it is forecast to be dry for the rest of the week.
"If that's right and it gets warmer this week, then I hope very much that the ground will be in his favour.
"He could have run in the Park Stakes at Doncaster over seven furlongs, but he would have had a 4lb penalty so that was another factor to sway us.
"We gave it lots of thought and when you think Sole Power has yet to win over six, it gives the race an open look."
Aidan O'Brien has left in Cougar Mountain and Fountain Of Youth but the ante-post favourite Due Diligence will not run.
O'Brien told the Irish Times: "Due Diligence won't run and it's possible we won't have a runner in the race at all."
Others in the strong Irish squad include Maarek and Majestic Queen.