Slade Power: Champions Sprint winner set for Hong Kong adventurePICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
Lynam's Power pair 'very fit' for Hong Kong Sprint
EDDIE LYNAM is confident Sole Power and Slade Power are in peak form as they fly out to contest the Longines Hong Kong Sprint at next week's International meeting at Sha Tin.
The pair left Lynam's yard on Wednesday and are due to touch down in Hong Kong on Friday morning, with the race following a week on Sunday. No European runner has ever won the Sprint.
"They are in good form and the trip over should not be a problem,” said Lynam.
“You just hope they travel well and perform to their best on the day. They are going over there very fit - all their main work is done and they will just keep ticking over. The main thing is to keep them healthy and well and make sure they do not get dehydrated.
“The Longines Hong Kong Sprint has not been the best race for the Europeans but if you don’t try, you won’t succeed."
Experienced sprinter Sole Power won the King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot this summer, before finishing third in the Nunthorpe and sixth in the Prix de l'Abbaye. Slade Power, meanwhile, scooped the biggest win of his career in the Champions Sprint at Ascot on Champions Day last month.
“Sole Power ran well in the Abbaye on ground that was too soft for him, and he will also love the ground out there," said Lynam.
“Slade Power came out of Ascot really well and there was not a bother on him. I thought it was a good, tough performance on ground that would have been softer than ideal. He only sweats up going down to the start. I would be more worried if he didn’t because that’s just him. He will love the ground in Hong Kong as he ran very well in the July Cup [third] on fast ground.
“They have both earned the right to run so we will give it a go and are very happy with them. Providing they get a nice draw, I would be expecting good performances from both of them.”