POWER SET TO SURGE
SOLE POWER will bid to win Haydock's Group Two Temple Stakes for a second time on Saturday as Eddie Lynam's stable star is the current 4/1 favourite for the race he won back in 2011.
The high class sprinter broke his duck in Dubai back in March and will have to concede a four-pounds Group One penalty in Saturday's race as he prepares for a return to Royal Ascot where he'll be attempting to win the King's Stand Stakes for a third year in a row.
Regular traveller Maarek is also amongst the 16 entries at the five-day stage as well as fellow potential Irish raider Great Minds who is a four-year-old on the upward curve for trainer Tommy Stack.
Lynam will be hoping for a dry week at Haydock after he was forced to withdraw Sole Power from last years renewal during raceday when the ground became too soft. Meanwhile, trainer Richard Hannon has confirmed he is planning a two-pronged attack on Saturday's Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh with Newmarket third Ivawood being joined by stabe companion Estidhkaar. Richard Hannon senior won the race with Canford Cliffs in 2010 and now Hannon junior will be hoping to stop Aidan O'Brien's Gleneagles from completing the double.
"Ivawood showed us at Newmarket when finishing third to Gleneagles that he was a lot better than he looked in the Greenham at Newbury," he said on his website.
"He is a big colt and maybe he was not as fit as we thought he was in the trial, but you saw the real Ivawood in the Guineas and, while we aren't claiming we would have beaten Gleneagles, we might have been a length or two closer had we not been drawn out in the middle.
"Estidhkaar, in contrast, never ran a race in the Guineas. He did not enjoy the dips and ridges of the Rowley Mile when he injured himself in last year's Dewhurst, so we think the Curragh will suit him better.
"He worked really well when Dane O'Neill came to sit on him on Saturday and he can also expect easier ground in Ireland which will suit him."