Sole Power has been unbeatable over five furlongs (1000m) in Britain this season and attempts to prove the point on the European stage when he lines up for the Prix de l’Abbaye at Longchamp.
The Eddie Lynam-trained seven-year-old has swept all before him over the minimum trip, winning the Palace House Stakes, the King’s Stand and the Nunthorpe.
Although he was beaten last time, he was far from disgraced in finishing fourth to G Force in the Sprint Cup over six furlongs at Haydock where the ground was not ideal for him.
Reverting to his optimum distance on Sunday and on going that is quicker than usual for this time of year, Sole Power carries plenty of confidence despite a wider than preferred draw in 11 of 19.
“We’d have preferred a slightly lower draw,” bookmaker Paddy Power, son of Sole Power’s owner, Sabena, said.
“We’re going there, we’re bullish.
“It’s amazing to say this – the Abbaye is the only Group One sprint in Europe that he hasn’t won yet.
“It would be amazing for him to top off his year on this side of the world, it would be a dream come true for all of us. We’re hoping we’ve got Hong Kong to come as well.
“Sunday’s sprint is a five-furlong one and you need things to fall in your favour. If you do make a mistake it will probably cost you the race, but the reality is everyone should be more afraid of us.
“A lot of the other fancied horses are drawn wide as well so it will be interesting how it works out.
“This is probably as close he’ll ever get to having the conditions he likes.
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