Lynam unsure about ground for Power
Sunday 17 June 2012
Eddie Lynam is pessimistic about the chances for Sole Power on the softer surface at Ascot ahead of Tuesday's King's Stand Stakes at the Royal meeting.
The 2010 Nunthorpe winner was second to Ortensia in Dubai and most recently to Bated Breath in the Temple Stakes.
"He's in good form and he came over the on Sunday night but I'd say 50-50 (to run) is as good as he is, and he's less than that to produce his best," Lynam said.
"The ground was good when he came over but the rain was coming down. Last year they said the ground was good and I thought it was slow. I don't think it will be as good as that, so we're hoping for a miracle really."
Tangerine Trees trailed in last 12 months ago but was seen in a much better light when winning the Prix de l'Abbaye at Longchamp in October.
He warmed up for another crack at this five-furlong dash with a prep run behind Bated Breath in the Temple Stakes at Haydock.
"He needed his race at Haydock. I'm very pleased with him, I couldn't be more pleased," said trainer Bryan Smart.
"He's done two exceptional pieces of work and he seems really well. I'm looking for a big run from him. He ran badly in the race last year basically because he wasn't right."