Slade Power put in a fantastic performance on his seasonal reppearance to see off in-form Maarek in the Group Three Weatherbys Ireland Greenlands Stakes at the Curragh.
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Edward Lynam's five-year-old signed off 2013 when finishing unplaced in the Hong Kong Sprint but prior to that he had put in a career-best performance when landing the QIPCO British Champions Sprint at Ascot.
He held Maarek comfortably on that form, but it was much closer on Saturday with the Duke Of York winner in fine form and it was he that was sent off the 11/8 favourite, with Slade Power 5/2.
However, it was Slade Power that travelled much the better on the front end and he subsequently got first run on Maarek who could never get on terms with the impressive winner.
Lynam said: "He's a very good colt, he's a bit like his trainer - he had a bit of temperament but he's grown up better than I have. He's behaving well at the gates now.
"He's been second and third in Group Ones and I'd love to win one with him. He's a bit special as we bred him.
"I was happy with his training coming here, I just thought with 10st on the ground the horse with the run (Maarek) might be the danger but he won doing handstands.
"He'll go for the Diamond Jubilee (at Royal Ascot) now."
Sky Bet cut Slade Power to 6/1 favourite (from 12s) for the Diamond Jubilee at Royal Ascot, spokesman Michael Shinners saying: "That was a very pleasing seasonal reappearance from the winner and he looks to be getting better with age as Maarek is a useful yardstick.
"He's now the 6/1 favourite from Aljamaaheer (9/1) and Gordon Lord Byron (10/1)."