AFTER over a week of discussions, mixed opinions, requests and denials, jockey Wayne Lordan is relieved that the Slade Power loading saga looks to have come to a fair conclusion and connections can now just concentrate on the race itself.
Eddie Lynam's charge is still around about third favourite for the Darley Classic and the straight-talking Lordan summed up the last 10-days or so by stating: "The horse is in good form and that is the main thing."
A Group One winner on Sole Power for Lynam and the Power family, Lordan has built up a brilliant rapport with Slade Power now but it is an association which will come to an end on Saturday when the horse runs for the last time at Flemington.
However, the softly spoken jockey is just glad that Saturday will now present itself barring some cruel fate of misfortune.
Reflecting on last Tuesday week's accident in the barrier trial Lordan recalled: "He could have hurt himself and we would have all been gone home by now so gladly that didn't happen and hopefully on raceday now that everything is sorted we won't have that problem.
"We put him back in the stalls this week again and went through our own routine to get his confidence back and he behaved well doing that. We were just hoping after the other day that he wouldn't react straight away and he didn't."
As he so often does at home, Lordan took full advantage of his spare ride for Godolphin on Tuesday and won and it's an exciting period for the jockey who ordinarily may well have been out hunting at this time of year.
Lynam and the Power family may well be off to Hong Kong next month for Sole Power who is due to run in the sprint there, but Lordan will be on his travels too although will be in opposition as he rides another high class sprinter in Gordon Lord Byron. "Slade Power kept the flag flying for me (this season) but I was lucky enough to get back on Gordon Lord Byron for Tom Hogan which was fantastic as Tom has been doing a great job with him all year and I look forward to hopefully keeping that partnership in tact and going on to Hong Kong."
Lordan is one of the most under-rated riders in Ireland but Saturday morning might show a different side to him.