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Horse Racing Ireland: Sole Power wins Horse of the Year

Horse Racing Ireland: Sole Power wins Horse of the Year

Sole Power was honoured with the coveted Horse of the Year crown at the 12th Horse Racing Ireland Awards staged at Leopardstown.

Trained by Eddie Lynam - who won the Flat award - and owned by Sabina Power, the crack sprinter lifted the King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot for the second successive year and also the Nunthorpe at York - a race he won in 2010 when a 100-1 chance.

Lynam said: "Every year you think it's probably going to be the end and he can't go and do it again, but this has probably been his best year."

He added: "In fairness to Dave and Sabina (Power) they are great to train for and I can run or not run him wherever I want, whether he's 100-1 or even-money they back me, but at the end of the day he's a hell of a horse and makes people like me look good.

"He's taken us all round the world and I'm delighted he's won this award."

Sole Power runs in Hong Kong at the weekend, and Lynam added: "He's probably an each-way bet, he's never won over the trip (six furlongs) but was second in it last year.

"He lost a bit more weight than I'd have liked going over but he has a chance."

It was a fine year for Lynam, who won four out of the five Group One sprints run in Britain with Sole Power and Slade Power.

Sole Power will be back in 2015, and Lynam said: "I' m looking forward to Anthem Alexander next year, I'm hoping to go to Ascot and run in the Commonwealth Cup (new Group One for three-year-olds)."

(Source: Horse Racing Ireland)

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