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  • 15:03 Al Quoz Sprint Empowered By IPIC 5f

  • (Group 1) (Turf) 3,662,653 added 3yo+ 12 ran
  • Winner 599,999 2nd 200,002 3rd 99,998 4th 50,002
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf
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  • Off time: 15:03:38

Power camp wary of Shea Shea

Last Updated: 28/03/14 1:44pm

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Sole Power: Dubai hopeful

Sole Power: Dubai hopeful

Paddy Power is fearful of the challenge against Shea Shea as his family's star horse contest's Saturday's Al Quoz Sprint at Meydan.

The bookmaker's mother, Sabina, owns Sole Power in training with Eddie Lynam and he has carried their colours to victory in the Nunthorpe and King's Stand Stakes.

However, he has been beaten in this five-furlong dash for the last three years, including by Shea Shea 12 months ago, and was again behind the South African speedball in their warm-up event on Super Saturday.

"I'm the most optimistic man in the world, but looking at the prep run it is going to be hard to turn the form around with Shea Shea," said Power.

"There's nothing between them in England, but Shea Shea broke the track record in Dubai twice last year and was only just outside it recently.

"I think it's between the top three in the betting and we look a good each-way price. This is one of our targets every year.

"The draw (two) isn't great but we'll be dropped in anyway and Ryan Moore has had a ride on him which helps.

"He's not a difficult horse but you just need to know when to press the button - Johnny (Murtagh) used to say it was like being sat on an elastic band.

"In my heart we are a certainty, though!"

Mike de Kock is feeling confident about Shea Shea and said: "He is probably our best chance on the card and arrives here at least as fit and well as last year.

"There are some real speedsters in the mix which, hopefully, will suit him.

"The draw (12) was a bonus and he will be off to England after this."

Jeremy Gask's magnificent servant Medicean Man is on a Meydan hat-trick.

The Wiltshire handler said: "There isn't that much for him in the UK, and this race fits in very well.

"Physically, he's done well and is a bit heavier than he was last year.

"We need to run at all the big meetings seeking that big pot and it would be a fairytale if he could win this. He'll go back and run at Royal Ascot in the King's Stand."

Hamza flies the flag for Yorkshire-based trainer Kevin Ryan, who said: "He ran well all year, including his third in the Prix de l'Abbaye.

"He's genuine and straightforward and should improve with another year on his back. He goes well fresh."

Charlie Appleby fields Ahtoug, who has been running well lately.

"We were delighted with that first win but nothing went right on his second start when he was drawn on the wrong side," he said.

"He bounced back with a very good second behind Medicean Man but excelled on Super Saturday, finding only Shea Shea too good over Saturday's course and distance.

"Hopefully he has another big run in him."

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