Sole Power: favourite to win Temple Stakes for a second timePICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
Sole Power out to reclaim Temple Stakes crown
SOLE POWER, winner of the Betfred Temple Stakes in 2011 and denied by a neck last year by Bated Breath, will attempt to claim the Group 2 prize again this afternoon for trainer Eddie Lynam.
Favourite for the race at 2-1, the six-year-old has the fast ground that he is so effective on, with the going at Haydock quickening a touch overnight to good to firm, firm in places (from good to firm).
Winner of the Palace House at Newmarket last time out, Sole Power will do battle with rivals from that race again, with runner-up Kingsgate Native and third Tangerine Trees both among the opposition for the 5f dash.
Trainer Eddie Lynam said: "He has serious, serious speed. In the English races, when they go flat out, you can just sit in with him."
Leading the home challenge is the unbeaten Reckless Abandon, who will be having has first start against older horses. The colt progressed through the season with successful forays to France, winning the Prix Robert Papin and Prix Morny, before signing off his juvenile campaign with a win in the Group 1 Middle Park at Newmarket.
"I'm looking forward to getting the season underway with him and I'm very happy with him - he's coming to himself at the right time," trainer Clive Cox said. "I do feel as with all sprinters that he will be better for the run mentally as much as anything but I expect him to give a good account of himself."