Sole Power trainer admits to ground issue

Sole Power’s trainer Eddie Lynam has insisted his charge will not run in the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot if the ground fails to dry out in time

The United Kingdom has suffered on of the wettest starts to June on record, leaving Ascot organisers in a rush to ensure the ground is safe to race on.

The going was downgraded from good to soft from good on Monday morning, but if the course is soft tomorrow Lynam insists he will pull Sole Power out of the race.

“If the ground remains good to soft – and the word soft is in the going description tomorrow – then Sole Power will not run,” he said.

“He travelled over on Sunday and is very well. The ground can dry out quickly at Ascot and that’s what we want to happen.”

“I’m not sure whether being drawn two is going to be a good or a bad draw.”

“The favourite [Star Witness] will be on the other side of the course in 18, so one of us is going to have an excuse.” He added.

Sole Power, a winner of the Nunthorpe Stakes last year, upset the odds to win the Group 2 Temple Stakes at Haydock last week.

If he does run, Sole Power will go off as the second favourite behind Star Witness at around 7-1 with most bookmakers.

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