Sole Power ready for big race in Temple Stakes

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Sole PowerEdward Lynam feels Sole Power has "a good opportunity" of racking up back-to-back wins in the Temple Stakes at Haydock on Saturday. The top-class sprinter (3/1 to win Temple Stakes) beat Kingsgate Native by three-quarters of a length in the Group Two event last year to supplement his 100-1 surprise win in the Nunthorpe a season earlier.

Although he has not won since, Sole Power has run some good races in defeat, including when beaten just a head in the Prix de l'Abbaye by the reopposing Tangerine Trees (6/1 to win Temple Stakes)and two second-placed finishes in Dubai.

His trainer said "He's in good form and travelled over Friday morning. Everything's gone very well and he's taken everything in his stride. The good to firm ground looks ideal, my only hope is they don't over-water. Bated Breath (11/4 to win Temple Stakes) is respected and there's also Tangerine Trees in there, but this looks a good opportunity for him. His work has gone well since Dubai and he's trained on nicely."

Sole Power will be ridden for the first time by Paul Hanagan on what is just about the Warrington-born jockey's hometown track, and Lynam added: "Paul is champion jockey so we're very lucky to have got him. He's a top professional and rides Haydock very well."

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