Slade powers to victory in Cork opener
Slade Power has the opener in the bag as he approaches the line under Johnny Murtagh
(Healy Racing Photos)
Having finished a promising second to Reply on his debut at the Curragh last May, the son of Dutch Art was not seen again until Dundalk in early December where he deliver on his debut promise by scoring at the odds of 11/10 favourite.
Ridden with confidence by Johnny Murtagh today, the bay colt was held up towards the rear early on before improving into third as they entered the final furlong.
He then powered to the front before going on to score by a length and a quarter at the line.
Winning trainer Eddie Lynam said afterwards: "We always liked him and we think he is a very good horse. He is a very bubbly type and we only do half speeds with him at home.
"His mother (Girl Power) was also very hot. She was like Sinead O’Connor on speed!"
When asked about the sweat patches on the winner, Lynam added "the trainer had sweat patches too!"
Lynam then went on to say: "A rocking horse would win in those colours at the moment." (DM & TW)
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