Stakes plan for Power debut winner

Power walking in the paddock

Michael O’Callghan intends to step I Am Power (2c Power-Bridge Note, by Stravinsky) up to stakes company after the juvenile’s scintillating debut win at Navan on Friday night.

Pat Smullen was aboard the Power colt who surged past the field for a cosy success in the five-furlong maiden.

I Am Power, bred by Dean Harron and Ciaran Conroy, is in the G1 Phoenix Stakes, G2 Futurity Stakes and G2 Gimcrack and O’Callaghan plans a tilt in black-type company.

“He’s a lovely horse and we’ve always thought a lot of him. He has a couple of real nice entries. I only had him 80 percent fit coming here and thought he’d improve a lot off the run,” said O’Callaghan.

“He was giving everything weight and we wouldn’t have been surprised to see him beat here today but improve and come out and win the next day. That was kind of the plan with him.

“He was a bit green throughout the race and just figured things out late on coming up the hill. Pat thinks a lot of him and said he’s a lovely horse, a proper six-furlong horse. Hopefully now he’ll improve enough out of that and we can step up to stakes company. We’ll stick to six and step him up in class.”

The Racing Post commented: “I AM POWER looks a really smart sort… He showed a little inexperience early on but when the penny dropped he stretched out in fine style, showing plenty of pace in the process. The runner-up wasn’t going down without a fight either, and the manner in which he kept going to the line was impressive enough…he could prove to be a stakes horse, giving weight all around here.”

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