Sole has the power as Overdose blows out
Report, Haydock, Saturday
Betfred.com Temple Stakes (Group 2) 5f, 3yo+
SOLE POWER proved last year's 100-1 victory in the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes was no fluke with a commanding display in the Temple Stakes as 9-4 favourite Overdose blew out.
With a field jam-packed with trailblazers, the fast early pace the Edward Lynam-trained speedster so badly needs was guaranteed and jockey Keagan Latham cruised into contention before getting on top close home.
Lynam nominated the King's Stand Stakes at next month's Royal Ascot as the next target and bookmakers William Hill cut Sole Power to 8-1 (from 25), while pushing the disappointing Overdose to 20-1 (from 7) for the same race.
"Those who thought he fluked the Nunthorpe can think again," said Lynam of the 8-1 winner, who finished 14th of 16 in the Al Quoz Sprint on Dubai World Cup night before hinting at a return to form when third at Newmarket last time.
Lynam added: "That's the way it is with sprinters. Keagan gave him a lovely ride and I'm delighted he has proved a few doubters wrong.
"We'll go to the posh place [Royal Ascot], but the race we really want to go for is the Nunthorpe."
Connections of Overdose, dubbed 'The Budapest Bullet' in his native Hungary, were reported to be downcast after the six-year-old finished down the field despite disputing the lead with Tangerine Trees and Hamish Mcgonagall.
Overdose's rider, the three-time German champion jockey Andreas Suborics, had a dramatic start to the 5f sprint. Suborics struggled to release the hood used on Overdose in the stalls and when he finally did so, it blew into Neil Callan aboard Borderlescott, who came with a strong run down the far side of the track before fading into fourth.
Suborics said: "With the problems he has had before, he needs softer ground now. After halfway his action was coming higher and higher."
Last year's winner Kingsgate Native (7-2) finished second, one place in front of 12-1 shot Prohibit.