Darley July Cup (G 1)

The best sprint of the year. Simple.

Not so to find the winner. The 6 f trip with the stiff uphill finish of the July course find’s out any weaknesses in stamina. You need a combination of high cruising speed, staying ability and turn of foot to win.

Two three year olds get the weight allowance from the older ones and in Gale Force Ten that pull could prove significant. Classic form and a Jersey win bring memories of Mozart’s victory in 2001 who travelled the same path for Aidan O’Brien. Zenetto didn’t fire in the Diamond Jubilee but won a big pot over this trip here in April.

The first three from Royal Ascot’s 6 f Diamond Jubilee reoppose. Lethal Force powered home from Society Rock and Krypton Factor to win by 2 L.

The first two also from the King Stand step up from 5 f. The South African Shea Shea looked to have it won in the centre of the course but was caught late by the finishing surge from Sole Power who in an exquisitely timed ride came from last to first up the stand side.

The Australian Shamexpress found the trip too sharp in the King Stand and will be better suited by this extra furlong while the American Havelock will be once again partnered by Frankie Dettori who rode him in the Diamond Jubilee. He didn’t get a clear run at Ascot and may offer more here.

Kevin Ryan’s Hamza didn’t run at Ascot and comes here fresh from a small win at Beverley after winning over this trip here in May. Sovereign Debt comes back in trip having run a screamer in the Lockinge where only Farah got the better of him.

The line up completes with Slade Power who last time out at the Curragh won the Sapphire Stakes over the minimum trip having failed previously in the Diamond Jubilee.

Eddie Lynam said  ‘Johnny Murtagh is undoubtedly the best trainer riding today.’ after the KIng Stand. If he can preserve Sole Power’s energy he can break the duck at 6 f and we can look forward to another classic quote from Eddie.

Recommendation : Sole Power 9/1 win


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