Darley July Cup (British Champions Series And Global Sprint Challenge) (Group 1) 6f

  • (3yo+, 6f, Class 1, 12 runners)
  • Winner £256,329 2nd £97,180 3rd £48,635 4th £24,227
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 1m 15.90s
  • Off time: 15:21:18

Full Result

15:20 Newmarket
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st (11) 7 Mayson R A Fahey 4 9-5 P Hanagan 20/1
SP 20/1 Raced centre, with leader, led after 1f, made rest, ridden clear entering final furlong, stayed on strongly, unchallenged opened 25/1
2nd (10) 5 12 The Cheka (IRE) Eve Johnson Houghton 6 9-5 v1 J Fortune 14/1
SP 14/1 Raced centre, chased leaders, went 2nd inside final 3f, hard ridden well over 1f out, kept on same pace, never any chance to get to unchallenged winner opened 12/1
3rd (12) 1 10 Society Rock (IRE) J R Fanshawe 5 9-5 R L Moore 7/2f
SP 7/2f Reared in stalls, raced centre, took keen hold, held up in touch, pushed along halfway, ridden 2f out, driven and stayed on to 3rd inside final furlong, no real impression opened 3/1 £3500-£1000 £10000-£3000 £2000-£600 £1200-£400
4th (8) 13 Ortensia (AUS) P Messara 7 9-2 William Buick 7/1
SP 7/1 Ponied to post, raced centre, chased leaders, went 3rd 2f out, ridden over 1f out, lost 3rd inside final furlong, weakened and just held on for 4th opened 10/1 touched 15/2
5th (3) nse 4 Hawkeyethenoo (IRE) J S Goldie 6 9-5 G Lee 16/1
SP 16/1 Raced centre, held up in rear, headway over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, almost snatched 4th
6th (13) 9 Sirius Prospect (USA) D K Ivory 4 9-5 hb S W Kelly 14/1
SP 14/1 Reared in stalls, raced centre, held up, pushed along halfway, ridden and weakened over 2f out opened 12/1
7th (6) ¾ 15 Fire Lily (IRE) D Wachman 3 8-10 W M Lordan 11/2
SP 11/2 Raced centre, held up in touch, switched right 2f out, ridden and beaten when hung left inside final furlong opened 6/1
8th (2) 2 11 Strong Suit (USA) Richard Hannon 4 9-5 R Hughes 8/1
SP 8/1 Raced centre, held up in touch, ridden and weakened over 2f out opened 14/1 £4500-£500
9th (15) 3 2 Dandy Boy (ITY) D Marnane 6 9-5 P Dobbs 8/1
SP 8/1 Raced centre, slowly into stride, held up towards rear, never on terms £4500-£500
10th (9) 5 3 Genki (IRE) R Charlton 8 9-5 v J Doyle 25/1
SP 25/1 Raced centre, fly-jumped start, held up in last pair, pushed along halfway, never a factor opened 20/1
11th (4) 8 Sepoy (AUS) M Al Zarooni 4 9-5 L Dettori 9/2
SP 9/2 Raced centre, chased leaders, ridden and weakened over 2f out opened 11/2
12th (14) 9 14 Reply (IRE) A P O'Brien 3 8-13 v1 J P O'Brien 16/1
SP 16/1 Raced alone far side, led 1f, chased winner until inside final 3f, weakened 2f out, soon behind opened 14/1
NR (5) 1 Bated Breath R Charlton 5 9-5 J Doyle
NR (1) 5 Krypton Factor F Nass 4 9-5 L Morris
NR (7) 6 Libranno Richard Hannon 4 9-5 P Cosgrave

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £32.30 Tote Place £8.20 £4.90 £1.60 Straight Forecast £286.82 Exacta £183.70 Trifecta £1,125.90 Swingers 1&2 £35.40, 2&3 £10.10, 1&3 £14.40

Placepot £2,609.00, Pool: £184064.66, 51.5 winning tickets
Quadpot £180.80, Pool: £11642.06, 47.65 winning tickets

Analysis

Europe's premier mid-season sprint was run on ground more akin to Chepstow in November after further heavy rain with Bated Breath, Libranno and Krypton Factor all non-runners because of the conditions. MAYSON coped best of all and after he got smartly out of the stalls, Paul Hanagan let him roll along towards the head of affairs and had the rest of the field in trouble at the halfway stage. He continued to pour on the pressure and none of his rivals could lay a glove on him as he crossed the line five lengths clear to give his rider and trainer Richard Fahey their first domestic Group 1 success. Mayson had started the season in tremendous fettle but rather scared himself coming out of the stalls at York two runs ago before failing to handle even worse ground at Newcastle last time out. Fahey had clearly got him back on an upward curve so he he took his chance here with some aplomb and a crack at the Nunthorpe at York is next on the agenda. The Cheka and Society Rock both benefited from racing to the fore and although neither could get anywhere near the winner, they kept on well enough to fill the frame with nothing able to pick up from the rear. The Cheka has done very little wrong this season and is a credit to connections while those closest to Society Rock will have been pleased to see him come out of the stalls on terms after he blew the start last time at Royal Ascot. Aussie raider Ortensia had stayed on for this race after running at the Royal meeting and put up a brave display in fourth on a track her trainer reported afterwards she hated and going she had never encountered before. She could be another to head on to York next month. Hawkeyethenoo is a hold-up horse and was in rear early as usual - he was the only runner able to make some sort of late headway and grab a share of the prize money. Sirious Prospect and Fire Lily were the next two home - the latter is just three and handles ease in the ground but does not want this much give underfoot so deserves some credit for toughing it out up the hill to the line. Connections took a gamble in running Strong Suit, who has an excellent turn of foot at his best and appreciates much faster conditions. The plan backfired and he was labouring badly from the distance, as was Godolphin's Sepoy, who fell in a huge hole and finished well in rear. Reply tried to plough a lone furrow down the far rail in a first-time visor but was beaten miles after racing prominently while Genki reared as the stalls opened and was fighting a losing battle from the start. It was not in the realms of fantasy to believe Wokingham winner Dandy Boy could make the step up from top handicap company but he raced too keenly early on to give himself any real hope of making an impact.