Sole can Power home
Halford and Lynam expect big runs in the Al Quoz Sprint at Meydan
Last Updated: 23/03/11 11:47am
Shock Nunthorpe winner Sole Power is ready for the Al Quoz Sprint.
Edward Lynam is looking forward to getting his shock Nunthorpe Stakes winner Sole Power back on the track in the Al Quoz Sprint, the opener on Dubai World Cup night at Meydan on Saturday.
The son of Kyllachy become only the second 100-1 shot to land a Group One race in Britain when taking the honours at York in August.
"He's been a super horse for the stable. He cost £30,000 as a foal from the Doncaster sales, and I guess that looks pretty cheap now," said Lynam.
"It's been the kind of result that you dream about and lining up as a chance in a race like this on Saturday was never something we would have until he did what he did at York."
Plans to run in the Prix de l'Abbaye at Longchamp last October were scotched by the unsuitably soft going, leaving the Al Quoz as the logical next step for the Irish handler.
"He has wintered well and this race was always going to be the plan because you are guaranteed the fast ground that he loves, and the straight track here is pretty much the same as what he met at York," added Lynam.
"He goes well fresh. On his first start last year he broke the track record at Dundalk at this distance by over half a second from a good horse called Luisant, so we knew he had serious ability."Now everybody knows how good he can be and we're hoping he can put his best foot forward this weekend."
Ash needs to step up
Invincible Ash, trained by Michael Halford, was put through her paces by Tadhg O'Shea in a workout on the Tapeta ahead of her run in the five-furlong dash.
Although O'Shea will not be on board at the weekend, he was able to give positive feedback to connections about the six-year-old, who raced four times at the Dubai Carnival.
"She needs to up her game on Saturday night but I think she will run a big race," said O'Shea.
"Mick will be here before the big race and she is a very straightforward filly who has no quirks and she just does her thing.
"She has been here since January and I think it is good that she has been here for a while.
"She is going up for a lot of money and needs to be at the top of her game but hopefully she can get a share of the pie."