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Sole Power heads Nunthorpe 15

Sole Power is among a field of 15 for Friday's Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes at York as he attempts to repeat his 2010 victory in the Group One sprint.

Eddie Lynam's stalwart was sent off at 100/1 on that occasion but he has subsequently proved himself time and again to be one of the best sprinters in the world, most recently when winning the King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot in June.

However, with a mixed forecast for the rest of the week, Lynam will be hoping York misses the worst of the weather after testing ground prevented Sole Power from lining up in the July Cup.

Take Cover has emerged as one of the leading sprinters this season having not been beaten far by Sole Power at Ascot before following up with wins at York and Gooodwood and he steps back up in class.

Moviesta, well fancied for this race 12 months ago when he picked up an injury, bounced back to form at Goodwood when beaten in a photo by Take Cover.

One horse who would be suited by rain is David Barron's Pearl Secret while in the same Qatar Racing ownership, the three-year-old Hot Streak is looking to get back to his best for Kevin Ryan.

Ryan also runs Astaire while Extortionist is in the mix for Olly Stevens and Shea Shea is back for another go after finishing second 12 months ago to Jwala.

The lightly-raced Cougar Mountain runs for Aidan O'Brien having finished fifth on just his second start in the July Cup.

Stepper Point, G Force and Steps are involved while the sole French challenger is Henri-Alex Pantall's Rangali.

Robin Bastiman's Borderlescott, twice a winner of this race, runs in it again as a 12-year-old while Monsieur Joe represents local trainer Paul Midgley.

The only two horses not declared were Lynam's Anthem Alexander who runs in the Lowther Stakes and Henry Candy's Music Master.

Music Master was scoped on Monday and Candy, not happy with those results, will now look towards Haydock, while stablemate Limato, a strong fancy for the Gimcrack, will now instead head for Doncaster's St Leger meeting.

"They're not bad at all, they'll be on a five-day course of antibiotics and then we can get back on the road with them," said Candy. "That's racing I'm afraid, these things happen.

"We might see if Limato can stay another half a furlong in the sales race (Weatherbys Hamilton Insurance 300,000 2-Y-O Stakes) at Doncaster while the other horse will probably go to Haydock for the Betfred Sprint Cup."