In the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes, which took place on the final day of York’s Ebor meeting earlier in the season, Sole Power shocked punters and bookies alike by romping home in the lead.
The beast had been on at 100/1 when the race began and he managed to fend off Starspangledbanner to score by a by a length and a quarter.
The animal was trained in Co Meath by Eddie Lynam, who commented: “The last time I trained a Group 1 winner, someone woke me up!
“We were hopeful but we didn’t think he would win – if he had finished fourth we would have been pleased. He’s been disappointing since the spring but they go too slow for him in the sprints in Ireland. He broke the track record at Dundalk.”
Next year, the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes will run a day later as the Ebor is to be staged on Saturday as the feature race.
Bookmakers at this year’s race meet were busy and two further events are set to take place at the race track this year.
Fans and jockeys will be heading to location for the October Finale stakes, which are set to occur on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th.
The racecourse has a history dating back many years. Indeed, the first detailed records of a race meeting go back over three hundred years to 1709.
It is also highly regarded among many in the sport. Recently, it won a Flat Racecourse of the Year Award and also came out in first place in a survey carried out by the Times newspaper of all Britain’s racecourses.