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Longchamp

  • 12:55 Qatar Prix De L'abbaye De Longchamp 5f

  • (group 1) €350,000 added 2yo+ 18 ran
  • Winner €200,234 2nd €75,740 3rd €37,625 4th €17,220
  • Going: Good to Soft
  • Surface: Turf
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  • Off time: 12:56:09

Draw concerns for Power team

Going also not ideal

Last Updated: 05/10/12 2:42pm

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Sole Power: High draw in Abbaye

Sole Power: High draw in Abbaye

Edward Lynam fears things could have conspired against Sole Power ahead of his bid for glory in the Prix de l'Abbaye at Longchamp on Sunday.

The five-year-old has been one of the most consistent top-class sprinters in training since his 100-1 victory in the Nunthorpe Stakes at York a couple of years ago, but has found victories difficult to come by.

He gained a deserved return to the winner's enclosure when stamping his class on a Listed race at Doncaster last month and his trainer had been looking forward to seeing him return to Group One level.

However, his enthusiasm has been tempered by the soft conditions in prospect in Paris and an unfavourable high draw.

Lynam said: "He's arrived at Longchamp and all is fine with him.

"It looks like the ground isn't going to be in our favour unfortunately, but we hope things will improve.

"He is drawn high as well in stall 15, so things haven't fallen our way with the ground and the draw, but it's the end of the season and at this stage we'll probably let him take his chance.

"He's in great form, so it's a shame things aren't in his favour, but there's nothing we can do about it. He could go to Hong Kong later in the year if he gets invited and Dubai would be the plan for him in the spring."

Heading the betting for the five-furlong dash is the Richard Fahey-trained Mayson, who ran away with a heavy ground July Cup at Newmarket.

He has not been seen since having missed last month's Sprint Cup at Haydock due to a dirty scope, but Fahey is pleased with his stable star now.

He appears to have fared well in the draw, breaking from stall one, alongside his speedy fellow Yorkshire runner Hamish McGonagall.

"We're very happy with him again now and the draw has been kind enough to us," said Fahey.

"It depends if we can catch him (Hamish McGonagall), but if I could have mapped it out myself that's where I'd be.

"He goes on any ground. It was testing when he won the July Cup but he won the Palace House on quick ground."

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