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Power packed assault on big prizes at York Races
PADDY POWER won’t mind if his company lose a fortune should one of his family’s two star horses can win today’s Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes at York Racecourse.
The Irish bookmaker is cheering on both Sole Power and Slade Power in Europe’s richest sprint knowing patriotic punters back home will be piling into the two Edward Lynam-trained runners.
Sole Power is going for a second win in the Nunthorpe, having caused one of the biggest shocks ever seen on Knavesmire when taking the race three years ago as a 100-1 outsider.
His younger compatriot, Slade Power, comes to the track having won two Group 3 victories at the Curragh and Power, whose mother Sabina owns half of the pair along with the trainer, said he was delighted to be “a bit greedy” by aiming both at the five-furlong dash.
“I keep saying to everyone that we have to keep sending and following the horses around the world because the chances are that, in three or four years, time we won’t have any runners in the Nunthorpe,” he said.
“We are pretty lucky as it is. For Sole Power this was always going to be the target. He’s a pretty straight-forward five-furlong horse but Slade has won over five in a fast time at the Curragh. He ran really well over six in a really fast time last time at the Curragh again and he’s very versatile ground-wise.
“He’s just improving all the time and the penny seems to have dropped. His target was the Haydock Sprint Cup in a couple of weeks but the feeling was that he was just so well at home that he could have this on the way.
“It’s weird because they both have big chances.”
“Good luck to them. I hope they take our pants down,” added Power when asked about the Irish money that is bound to be placed on his two runners from the Emerald Isle.
“We have enough good days in the year and we can always do with having a bad one. I don’t care how much money we lose as a company on this as long as one of our horses wins.”
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