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Barrier is not a word that we tend to use in Ireland for the starting stalls but it is a word that Eddie Lynam must have had nightmares about over the last 10 days or so.

Slade Power has his own opinions about going into the stalls but do things his way and it usually results in him going in fine, coming out fast and winning a Group One about a minute later.

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At one stage the prospect of Slade Power coming all the way to Australia and not running was a realistic possibility, but the Lynams and the Powers who own him are sporting people and once the safety of both horse and rider wasn't at risk it was all systems go to run.

In Australia, the horses are loaded in numerical order so one will load first, then two, three etc - but in bigger fields they can load in divisions with one and six going in simultaneously, two and seven, three and eight, etc.

While it is still unclear what way the loading process will be for tomorrow's Darley Classic, loading in fours looks the most obvious plan which would mean with 13 runners and Slade Power in stall four, he would go in very late, if not last.

Lynam's admission yesterday that "I can now look forward to the end of the race rather than worry about the start of it" proved that significant progress was made over a very important issue between connections of the horse and Racing Victroia and following reports of a very good piece of work on Tuesday morning, things were starting to fall just right for the Meath-based trainer.

Much of Melbourne were talking about his performance in some routine fast work on Tuesday and the trainer admitted that it did look well to the eye.

"Someone told me he did 57 seconds," Lynam told The Herald. "We just breezed him like we normally breeze him but Wayne (Lordan) said he is in top form and he feels as good as ever."

While timing horses working is a big thing in Australia, Lynam admits that he isn't a big follower of 'the clocks', but it wasn't the first time that the locals stood up and took note of Slade Power since he arrived last month.

"The morning he had the incident in the stalls we only came up doing a half-speed as we were worried that he might have got injured but the clocks suggested that he came up very well on dead ground.

"He has trained very well despite being in a bit shook after that incident. He looks very well and his weight is very good and I have been happier with him the last three days than I was when I first arrived."

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You can't ignore the home challenge and while Lynam has watched some of his 12 rivals in action, he said: "If he brings his 'A' game on Saturday I think he'll do us proud."

He added: "The horse that they are making 5/4 favourite is very short so they obviously think the world of this horse but I think if we are good enough to beat any one of them we could beat all of them and if we're not, we're not!"

It has been another fantastic year for the trainer who is proud to have again broken the €2m barrier but of course could still substantially add to that with Slade Power tomorrow and Sole Power in Hong Kong next month.

"It has been a fantastic year and I think the proof of the pudding is that we broke the €2m barrier for the second year running.

"We won four Group Ones, two Group Twos, two Group Threes and two Listed races, so it has been a dream year and I'm not looking forward to New Year's Eve to be honest!"

Lynam can look forward to Tuesday's Cartier Awards, however, because if anything proves just how good a job he is doing at the moment it is the fact that he has an incredible four horses in the running to pick up some of the elite equine awards in British racing. He only ran 45 in total all season. That is some going.

Lynam told David Power some three-years ago that he felt Slade Power could be even better than multiple Group One winner Sole Power, although he admits now: "I'll never say something like that again - even if I think it."

But the pressure of such a statement hasn't phased him and tomorrow morning he'll hopefully prove that point to the world.


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