Irish raider Sole Power won the first sprint race of the QIPCO British Champions Series, the betfred.com Temple Stakes at Haydock Park this afternoon, in impressive style. In doing so, he ran up to the form which landed him the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes at York last August at odds of 100-1.
“He looks to have bounced right back to his Nunthorpe form,” said the BHA handicapper on duty at Haydock Park this afternoon, Stuart Copeland.
“He went into today’s race on 114, having been dropped three pounds since his career high 117 in the Nunthorpe.
“Looking at Prohibit and Borderlescott (both 112) in third and fourth, Kingsgate Native looks to have run to his mark of 115, so I think Chris (Nash, the BHA’s five furlong sprint handicapper) is likely to put Sole Power back up to 117 when he considers the race.”
Winning trainer, Edward Lynam, has nominated the second race in the QIPCO British Champions Series sprint division, the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot on Tuesday 14 June, as the four-year-old’s next race, with a return trip to York for the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes on Friday 19 August the main target later on.
“He’ll go to the posh place for the King’s Stand, but the race we want to win again is the Nunthorpe,” said Lynam.
The Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes is the fifth sprint in the series. Between it and the King’s Stand, both of which are run over five furlongs like today’s race, come two of the major six furlong sprints, the Golden Jubilee Stakes (Royal Ascot, Saturday 18 June) and the Darley July Cup (Newmarket, Saturday 9 July).
The Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes is followed by the Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock Park on Saturday 3 September before the grand finale to the QIPCO British Champions Series at Ascot on Saturday 15 October, QIPCO British Champions Day. The £250,000 QIPCO British Champions Sprint over six furlongs is the final race in sprint category on Britain’s richest ever raceday.
The next 3 QIPCO British Champions Series races:
Investec Coronation Cup, Epsom, Friday 3 June (MIDDLE DISTANCE)
Investec Oaks, Epsom, Friday 3 June (FILLIES & MARES)
Investec Derby, Epsom, Saturday 4 June (MIDDLE DISTANCE)
QIPCO British Champions Series races to date:
QIPCO 2000 Guineas, Newmarket, Saturday 30 April (MILE) Frankel
QIPCO 1000 Guineas, Newmarket, Sunday 1 May (FILLIES & MARES) Blue Bunting
Emirates Airline Yorkshire Cup, York, Friday 13 May (LONG DISTANCE) Duncan
JLT Lockinge Stakes, Newbury, Saturday 14 May (MILE) Canford Cliffs
betfred.com Temple Stakes, Haydock Park, Saturday 21 May (SPRINT) Sole Power
QIPCO BRITISH CHAMPIONS SERIES
TRAINER OF THE SERIES LEADERBOARD (AFTER 5 RACES)
Richard Hannon 1 – 1 – 0
John Gosden 1 – 0 – 1
Henry Cecil 1 – 0 – 0
Mahmood Al Zarooni 1 – 0 – 0
Edward Lynam 1 – 0 – 0
QIPCO BRITISH CHAMPIONS SERIES
JOCKEY OF THE SERIES LEADERBOARD (AFTER 4 RACES)
Richard Hughes 1 – 1 – 0
Tom Queally 1 – 0 – 0
Frankie Dettori 1 – 0 – 0
William Buick 1 – 0 – 0
Keagan Latham 1 – 0 – 0
Both championships are decided on the number of winners ridden/trained across the 35 race series. In the event of a tie, the number of seconds and thirds (and, if necessary, lower placings) will be taken into account. The winners will be presented with a specially commissioned trophy on QIPCO British Champions at Ascot on Saturday 15 October and their nominated charity will receive a cheque for £25,000.