Slade Power: set to join stablemate Sole Power in the July CupPICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)
Slade has the power in Sapphire Stakes
Report: Curragh, Saturday
Woodies D.I.Y. Sapphire Stakes (Group 3) 5f, 3yo+
THE connections of King's Stand winner Sole Power were celebrating more big sprint success after Slade Power struck at Group level for the first time.
Slade Power could not replicate his Eddie Lynam stablemate's achievements at Royal Ascot, as he finished seventh in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes, but he showed his ability dropped in class.
He showed smart acceleration to hold off the fast-finishing Russian Soul and was cut to 10-1 (from 14) for the July Cup by his owner Paddy Power.
Lynam said: "We've always thought a lot of him. It's taken him a while for him to get the hang of things and we're going to head for the July Cup with him now.
"It's nice to have two good horses for that race and the Powers are lucky owners."
Morawij (Roger Varian) just pipped fellow British raider Move In Time (David O'Meara) for third.
Sudirman gets the better of Big Time in the Group 2 Railway StakesPICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)
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Curragh: Dubai Duty Free Full Of Surprises Railway Stakes (Group 2) 6f, 2yo
DAVID WACHMAN again loosened Ballydoyle's grip on this top juvenile contest after Sudirman landed back-to-back victories for the Goolds Cross trainer.
The 5-1 winner, following in the footsteps of Probably 12 months ago, caused an upset when fighting back to get the better of Big Time as the Aidan O'Brien-trained 8-15 favourite Coach House could only manage third.
O'Brien, a seven-time winner of the Railway Stakes since 2002, has now gone four years without success following the disappointing performance of the Norfolk Stakes runner-up, who flew the Ballydoyle flag in the absence of the withdrawn Stubbs.
Wachman said of the half-length winner: "He's a bit of a slow learner, but he's improving with each run and was going away at the line. We might step up to seven furlongs."