téléchargementEddie Lynam, the winning trainer, said immediately after the victory: “That was easy to watch – it was actually, you get used to it and Richard (Hughes) suited him. Sole Power was the best horse in the race – maybe now he deserves the accolade of being a proper horse. He is the first horse in 80 years to win back to back King’s Stand Stakes. He is a proper horse and keeps turning up – that was his 17th Group One race and he will run in his 18th Group One on Saturday (Diamond Jubilee Stakes). He was 5/1 today – he has been there, done that and worn the t-shirt – he is a very good horse. I am very proud of him.”

 Sabena Power, the winning owner, said: “I would say that it was faster than last year. I am so thrilled for the horse. He is getting better isn’t he? He’s not like me – he improves with age!”

David Power, Sabena’s husband, said: “I am absolutely delighted. They tell me he is the first horse for many years to win back-to-back King’s Stands. He is a horse of a lifetime and hopefully he will get the credit he deserves. Part of the reason he loves Ascot is that they cannot go fast enough for him and they generally go fast at Ascot where he is running against the best horses. He has a tremendous turn of foot and a high cruising speed. He is still in his comfort zone when everybody else is out of theirs. All being well he may join Slade Power here on Saturday, giving us two bites of the cherry then. It is unbelievable to have one sprinter like this, let alone two good enough to bring to Royal Ascot. All the family are here, bar my daughter in Scotland, who is coming down on Friday to be here on Saturday.”

Paddy Power, son of the winning owner, said: “Richard Hughes gave him the perfect ride. I thought he was too far back and had made a balls-up. He knows a lot more about riding races than I do! He was last and yet won easily. It must be one of his best runs. Last year you could argue that he mugged Shea Shea but this year there was just no argument. He is seven years old and his best run was at Christmas when he finished second in Hong Kong – he is as good as ever if not better! It is dreamland to come back to Royal Ascot and win a Group One twice in a row. We would have quite fancied Slade Power on Saturday and now we will have to do a reverse forecast. Richard took a little pull on him a furlong out as he did not want to get there to soon. Sole Power has one 150-yard burst of speed when the others are slowing down. Of course, I bet on him. I had a good bet and have a big double going onto Slade Power on Saturday – I hope Sole Power does not mess the whole thing up on Saturday! Mum is in tears after the race, Dad is the most reserved man ever and he is shaking – he is so excited. It is so special and amazing.”

Johnny Murtagh, successful on Sole Power last year and now a trainer, declared: “I told Richard (Hughes) that this horse was made for him – just sit on him, get him relaxed, he has a great turn of foot, not to be afraid at the furlong-pole to be a few lengths down and, when you push the button, he will quicken up. I am delighted for Hughesie and for Eddie.”

Sole Power was the first successive winner of the King’s Stand Stakes since Gold Bridge in 1933/34.


Hughes in awe of Sole Power

 Richard Hughes completed a 9.8/1 double on the first day of Royal Ascot with a pulsating victory on the Edward Lynam-trained Sole Power in the Group One King’s Stand Stakes. Hughes said: “He is made for me. I rang Johnny Murtagh and he said I was made for him and just make sure you get him covered, that’s the main thing. He has a burst of speed and he’ll pass anything – and he did.”

Hughes talked of the tactics involved: “Ideally, I was looking to make a run up between horses. He’s a bit small and you can’t really afford to hit a big horse on a little one like him so I felt I was going that well that I pulled him out to get a clear run. That is what riding is all about, staying under pressure and getting the job done.”

Hughes added: “I loved it. I had a wonderful run through, he had loads of cover and was travelling really well and when I pulled him out he went. Ryan Moore said he wouldn’t pull that hard and Johnny Murtagh told me to ride him like I do handicappers. He also said that I should make him nearly clip heels with horses in front as he loves that.

The jockey was effusive in his praise of how much ground the horse made up: “He made up five lengths in the final fifty yards and I have never done that before. I thought at the furlong pole, we might get there but he made up so much ground late on. He never runs a bad race. He has been here for the last four or five years and he has proven how good he is.”

Betfred halved Sole Power’s price for Saturday’s Diamond Jubilee Stakes to 8/11 (from 16/1).



 Sole Power won his second King’s Stand Stakes today, but runner-up Stepper Point made a mockery of his 50/1 SP.

Stepper Point, who is trained by William Muir, was narrowly beaten by Sole Power and Hot Streak in the Palace House Stakes at Newmarket in April when fourth. Today he moved up two places and reversed the form with Hot Streak, the 3/1 favourite who had to settle for third.

Muir said: “The ground at Newmarket wouldn’t have been ideal for our horse, but he loves the going out there today. He has since had two runs in France and was as flat as a pancake, but still ran up to a good mark.

“Then in the last three days he’s just started sparking – he’s just been saying ‘I’m back’. First time out I ran him just short of work, which I don’t like doing, but he won, yet I think it took more out of him than I initially thought.

“Today I watched as we got past Hot Streak and I was looking for Sole Power, hoping he was trapped, because that was the only way we were going to beat him.

“Stepper Point’s owner, Clive Edginton, deserves all the credit. He loves going racing and doesn’t mind getting beaten and he’s having some great fun with this horse. He’s owned some good ones like Enforcer and Enroller, but he plays sport and says if I worry about getting beaten I’d never pick up my golf clubs.

“When I started training I took things personally, and it would have got to me to think he was a 50/1 shot, but not any more. If the owner has £50 each-way at 50/1, happy days. I couldn’t see how the favourite [Hot Streak] was 3/1 and we were 50/1 given that we were a neck behind in the Palace House Stakes, but thank you the bookies.”

Kevin Ryan, trainer of Hot Streak, one of four three-year-olds in the line up, said: “There’s a lot more of the season left to look forward to, but I’ll have to speak to David [Redvers] and Sheikh Fahad to see what the plan is. He’ll be in the July Cup, but we’ll see how he in the next few days and take it from there. He’ll be fine because he’s so tough and consistent.”


Third race result

 3.45pm King’s Stand Stakes (British Champions Series & Global Sprint Challenge) (Group 1)

£375,000 guaranteed For 3yo+ Weights 3yo colts and geldings 8st 12lb; fillies 8st 9lb; 4yo+ colts and geldings 9st 4lb; fillies 9st 1lb. Penalty value 1st £212,662.50 2nd £80,625.00 3rd £40,350.00 4th £20,100.00 5th £10,087.50 6th £5,062.50

1) SOLE POWER (Sabena Power) Edward Lynam IRE 7-9-04 Richard Hughes [8] 5/1

2) STEPPER POINT (Clive Edginton) William Muir p5-9-04 Martin Dwyer [4] 50/1

3) HOT STREAK (IRE) (Qatar Racing Limited) Kevin Ryan 3-8-12 Jamie Spencer [11] 3/1f

4) MEDICEAN MAN (Stuart Dobb & Kate Dobb) Jeremy Gask tp8-9-04 Harry Bentley [10]

5) AHTOUG (Godolphin) Charlie Appleby 6-9-04 William Buick [13]

6) STEPS (IRE) (Michael Hill) Roger Varian b6-9-04 Kieren Fallon [15]

7) JACK DEXTER (Johnnie Delta Racing) Jim Goldie 5-9-04 Graham Lee [3]

8) TAKE COVER (Norcroft Park Stud) David Griffiths 7-9-04 David Probert [12]

9) ES QUE LOVE (IRE) (The Es Que Love Partnership) Clive Cox p5-9-04 Adam Kirby [17]

10) PEARL SECRET (Qatar Racing Limited) David Barron 5-9-04 Olivier Peslier [7]

11) SHEA SHEA (SAF) (Brian Joffee & Myron Berzack) Mike De Kock SAF 7-9-04 Christophe Soumillon [2]

12) GREEN DOOR (Mary Redvers) Olly Stevens 3-8-12 Jim Crowley [6]

13) JUSTICE DAY (IRE) (Robert Ng) David Elsworth 3-8-12 Paul Hanagan [5]

14) ANCIL (USA) (Scott Farmer & Kathy Thompson) Joan Scott USA t5-9-04 James Doyle [1]

15) REX IMPERATOR (George Turner) William Haggas p5-9-04 Frankie Dettori [16]

16) GUERRE (USA) (Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor) Aidan O’Brien IRE 3-8-12 Ryan Moore [14]


16 ran

Non-runner: Caledonia Lady (other)

Time: 58.85s

Distances: 1¼, nk, nk, ½, hd, sh, nk, 1¼, 1¼, 1¾, ¾, 1¾, nk, nk, hd

Breeder: G Russell

Breeding: b g Kyllachy – Demerger (USA) (Distant View (USA))

Tote      Win £6.80          Place £2.30 £12.10 £1.70           Exacta £306.80


Winning trainer: Lynam, Edward Born:  April 14, 1962 Based: Summerseat Stables, Clonee, Co Meath  Background: took out a licence to train in February, 1984, having previously split his time running a building firm and learning how to train racehorses under the watchful eye of Jim Bolger. Big Race Wins Include: Athasi Stakes (2013 Viztoria), Park Stakes (2008 Duff, 2013 Viztoria), International Stakes (2004 Red Feather), Temple Stakes (2011 Sole Power), Palace House Stakes (2013 & 2014 Sole Power), QIPCO British Champions Sprint (2013 Slade Power) First Group One Winner: Sole Power, Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes, York, August 20, 2010 Royal Ascot Wins (2):King’s Stand Stakes (2013 & 2014 Sole Power) Wins In Britain (2007-2013): 1; 2; 1; 1; 1; 2; 4 Wins in Britain This Year: 2


Winning jockey:-Name: Hughes, Richard David. Date of birth: 11/1/73 Background: Son of trainer Dessie, Richard began riding ponies aged five, and won his first pony race three years later. Apprenticed to his father, he rode six winners in his first season, when just 15. He continued to ride over the jumps during the winter, and won the 1997 Irish Champion Hurdle. In 2001 he became retained jockey for Prince Khalid Abdulla, until he left the post in November 2007. Now rides for brother-in-law Richard Hannon. First winner: Viking Melody (Roscommon maiden, August 2, 1988)British Classics (2): QIPCO 1000 Guineas (2013 Sky Lantern), Investec Oaks (2013 Talent) French Classic Wins (3): Poule d’Essai des Pouliches (2002 Zenda), Prix de Diane (2003 Nebraska Tornado), Poule d’Essai des Poulains (2004 American Post) Irish Classic Wins (1): Irish 2,000 Guineas (2010 Canford Cliffs) Royal Ascot Wins (29): St James’s Palace Stakes (2010 Canford Cliffs), Jersey Stakes (1995 Sergeyev, 1996 Lucayan Prince, 2011 Strong Suit), King’s Stand Stakes (1995 Piccolo, 2014 Sole Power), Wokingham Stakes (2000 Harmonic Way), Duke Of Edinburgh H’cap (2002, Thundering Surf), Norfolk Stakes (2002, Baron’s Pit), Wolferton Rated H’Cap (2002 Ulundi), Buckingham Palace Stakes (2002, Demonstrate), Coventry Stakes (2003 Three Valleys, 2009 Canford Cliffs, 2010 Strong Suit), Balmoral Handicap (2003 Deportivo), Ribblesdale Stakes (2003 Spanish Sun), Albany Stakes (2004 Jewel In The Sand, 2010 Memory), Queen Mary Stakes (2006 Gilded, 2011 Best Terms), Coronation Stakes (2007 Indian Ink, 2013 Sky Lantern), Royal Hunt Cup (2008 Mr Aviator), Chesham Stakes (2008 Free Agent, 2009 Big Audio), Queen Anne Stakes (2009 Paco Boy, 2011 Canford Cliffs, 2014 Toronado), Ascot Stakes (2009 Judgethemoment) Wins in Britain (1994-2013): 19; 68; 62; 33; 55; 95; 102 91; 126; 121; 73; 124; 113; 139; 127; 144; 192; 130; 177*; 208* *champion jockey  Wins in 2014: 58