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Sunday 20 August 2017

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Slade aiming for a victorious swansong

Connections of Slade Power (pictured) are hoping the five-year-old can sign off his career on a high in the VRC Sprint Classic at Flemington on November 8.

The Edward Lynam-trained entire will take on the best of the Australian speedsters in their back yard before retiring to Darley's Kildangan Stud in Ireland.

Slade Power has proved himself the top dog over six furlongs in winning all his three starts this year, including the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot and the July Cup at Newmarket.

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"His weight is good, his bloods are good and he looks fabulous and they are all very happy with him," Lynam told At The Races.

"I'll be over there next weekend and hope I don't mess it up.

"Thankfully he's going to stand in Kildangan. From the minute they (Darley) came in, they were very kind to us and basically let us run him in what we wanted to.

"We won the Darley July Cup for them which was great and they've been 100pc behind us and he's going to stand here in Ireland so that's great.

"If he wins I'll really enjoy it. If he doesn't I won't."

Slade Power's rider Wayne Lordan said: "I leave on Saturday to go there. He runs in a barrier trial out there midweek and then runs there on November 8 so I'm really looking forward to it.

"It's something different and exciting.

"It's going to be his last run before he goes to stud and would be great to go out on a good note after such a good year."

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