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Lynam disappointed as soft going forces Sole Power to miss Abbaye.

Byline: Jessica Lamb

NUNTHORPE STAKES winner Sole Power was last night on his way back to County Meath after being taken out of Sunday's Qatar Prix de l'Abbaye de Longchamp.

Connections had been concerned about the easing ground, but in hope of a change of conditions they had sent Sabena Power's star to France anyway. However, the weather did not improve and they yesterday called time on the gelding's bid for a second successive Group 1. Trainer Eddie Lynam said yesterday: "I'm disappointed to have to take him out, but it was not unexpected. There was a 50-50 chance of a good-ground Abbaye and it obviously wasn't our year.

"He's coming home from England tonight and will go on his holidays. Maybe he'll get to Longchamp next year."

Sole Power had been as short as 10-1 with William Hill for the race.

Brian Meehan yesterday supplemented Sunday's Diadem Stakes winner Lady Of The Desert for the Abbaye and she was immediately installed as the 5-2 favourite for the race by Coral ahead of previous market leader Swiss Diva.

With a maximum of 20 runners going to post, Judge'n Jury and Chopouest will be eliminated unless two more horses drop out at today's cancellation stage.

The Irish challenge for Longchamp took a further hit yesterday when part-owner Richie Galway confirmed that Moyglare Stud Stakes second Laughing Lashes would not contest the Total Prix Marcel Boussac - Criterium des Pouliches.

He said: "Jessie [Harrington, trainer] left her just in case, but decided that she'd had too hard a race the last day and she is done for the season. Please God, she'll be back for the Classics next year."


Sole Power: Eddie Lynam says his gelding is finished for the year
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Oct 1, 2010
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