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Sole Power - Royal Ascot 18.06.13

Sole Power: took his career Group 1 tally to four

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Sole Power weaves to second Nunthorpe win

Report: York, Friday

Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes (British Champions Series) (Group 1) 5f, 2yo+

SOLE POWER won a second Nunthorpe and a fourth Group 1 under a wondrous ride by Richard Hughes, the pair managing to find every dead end going before the gap they needed finally appeared at the last possible moment.

Held up off the strong pace set by Take Cover, Hughes oozed confidence as the field entered the final two furlongs but switching towards the stands' rail to deliver his challenge, the rider saw the gap close up in front of him.

Switching towards the centre of the track entering the final furlong, the pair found their progress halted again as they were caught in a pocket, flanked by retreating horses. With nowhere to go, Hughes sat and suffered on the 11-4 favourite.

Luckily those with less to give faded fast and a few strides later he was able to unleash his mount's rocket-propelled acceleration, putting behind them the track almost as quickly as it opened in front of them.

Unbelievably Sole Power had half length to spare from 20-1 shot Stepper Point at the post, who again found only Sole Power too good having occupied the same position in the King's Stand.

The win took the winning rider's record to two from two on the seven-year-old, with a ride that displayed ultimate confidence in the horse's ability, as well as his own.

Consistent three-year-old Extortionist was third at 14-1 under Ryan Moore.

More to follow . . .

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