Sole Power prevails despite ground
Sole Power loves fast ground, five furlongs, meeting the odd bit of trouble in running and then leaving his rivals behind in the closing strides.
The fact that the predominately white colours of the Power family and the face of Sole Power's newest jockey Chris Hayes were both a bit mud-splattered after the Derrinstown Flying Five Stakes was proof that the ground was far from ideal but class is permanent and Sole Power proved he's still at the top of his game.
Maarek gamely closed at the death, but Sole Power had made his move and done enough to oblige.
A non-runner from Haydock last week owing to the soft conditions, the eight-year-old was allowed to take his chance yesterday as connections were keen to support the race on what is Ireland's flagship weekend.
"I thought the ground had gone and if it was six-furlongs we may not have run but it means a lot to win in Ireland again and to support the race," said winning trainer Eddie Lynam.
"The Powers are great people to train for and they weren't going to be disappointed if he was beaten."
Sole Power was winning for the 12th time and he now has a busy schedule for the coming months.
"He's going to Paris for the weekend in October (Prix de l'Abbaye), then he'll go to Hong Kong and back to Dubai in March."