Powering up for the new year

After a promising season with his first runners, Slade Power has plenty of exciting prospects for 2019

When Slade Power’s first runners hit the racecourse last spring, the sons and daughters of the G1 Diamond Jubilee and G1 Darley July Cup hero wasted little time in making a good impression.

Strings Of Life opened Slade Power’s account in fine style at Newmarket’s Craven meeting with a brave win over five furlongs. She went on to gain her first Black Type when second in the Empress Stakes (this time on the July course), before adding another victory to her record at Deauville towards the end of the year.

The Champion sprinter recorded 16 individual two-year-old winners in 2018, including wide-margin winners Chairmanoftheboard and Dan. The former is highly regarded by his trainer Mick Channon and holds an entry in the G1 Irish 2,000 Guineas.

Slade Power is also sire of Bruce Wayne, second in the G3 Round Tower Stakes on only his second start and definitely one to look out for when he reappears.

He also continues to be popular in the sales ring with his yearlings of 2018 making up to €118,000.

Breeders who make use of their personalised section of the Darley website, which offers free pedigree updates plus the facility to sign nomination agreements online, had the opportunity to enter our first-season sire competition. The 2018 renewal was won by Mr Don Clark, who correctly predicted Slade Power’s final total of 16 two-year-old winners.

Slade Power stands at Kildangan Stud at a competitive fee of €7,500, Oct 1 SLF.

He will be available to view, together with the rest of the Irish Darley roster, on Friday, 11 and Saturday, 12 January as part of the ITM Stallion Trail.