July Cup

July Cup Preferred Target for Perfect Power but Clearpoint Ruled Out of Newmarket

Connections of G1 Commonwealth Cup scorer Perfect Power (Ire) (Ardad {Ire}) are favouring a tilt at the G1 July Cup over travelling to France for the G1 Prix Jean Prat, provided the ground is suitable at Newmarket. Although Perfect Power produced a scintillating performance to win the Commonwealth Cup on ground described as good-to-firm, connections of the Richard Fahey-trained speedster are adamant that the three-time Group 1 scorer wants easier going.  Perfect Power is reported to have bounced out of his Royal Ascot win in tremendous form by Bruce Raymond,...

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Artorius Warms Up For July Cup With Racecourse Gallop

NEWMARKET, UK--Not since Agnes World (Danzig) in 2000 has the G1 Darley July Cup gone to a horse trained outside Europe. There has been a number of Australian challengers during that time, with Choisir (Aus) (Danehill Dancer {Ire}) going closest when finishing second to Oasis Dream (GB) (Green Desert) in 2003.  The next to sample the unique undulations of Newmarket's July Course will be the Anthony and Sam Freedman-trained Artorius (Aus) (Flying Artie {Aus}), who was given a preview of the track when working four furlongs (800m) with big-race partner...

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Oxted On Course For 2022 Campaign

Trainer Roger Teal looks to have plenty of talented runners to look forward to this year, none more so than his stable star Oxted (GB) (Mayson {GB}), who is making good progress toward a return after missing the second half of 2021 due to injury. Oxted looked a somewhat surprise package when winning the G3 Abernant S. and G1 July Cup in 2020 as a 4-year-old, and the gelding proved those victories were no fluke when returning last year to take the G1 King's Stand S. at Royal Ascot and...

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Group 1 Winner Sakhee's Secret Dead

Sakhee's Secret (GB) (Sakhee-Palace Street, by Secreto), who bested Dutch Art (GB) in the 2007 G1 July Cup before going on to success as a sire, has died in Italy aged 17. Trained by Hughie Morrison, Sakhee's Secret won five of 11 starts, with his July Cup win the highlight. He stood at Whitsbury Manor Stud in England for six seasons before moving on to Allevamento Si Fra in Italy, where he was champion sire in 2019 and 2020. Sakhee's Secret has sired 13 stakes winners, headed by New Zealand...

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Oxted Sidelined, Has Surgery

Oxted (GB) (Mayson {GB}), who doubled his Group 1 tally with a victory in the G1 King's Stand S. this year at Royal Ascot, will sit out the remainder of the season after having surgery to remove a knee chip. Trainer Roger Teal said the chip has been there for some time, but the decision was made to remove it after the gelding's third-place finish in his attempt to defend his title in the G1 July Cup on July 10. "We've always known he's had a floating chip which hasn't...

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Dream Of Dreams To Miss July Cup

Dream Of Dreams (Ire) (Dream Ahead), the popular winner of the G1 Diamond Jubilee S. at Royal Ascot on June 19, will miss his next intended target in the July 10 G1 July Cup after re-aggravating an old ankle injury while training on Saturday morning, Bruce Raymond, racing manager to owner Saeed Suhail, told Racing Post. "Unfortunately Dream Of Dreams aggravated a previous ankle injury, which will keep him out of the July Cup," Raymond said. "He did a routine piece of work and pulled up a little bit sore,...

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Starman On Track For July Cup

Rising star sprinter Starman (GB) (Dutch Art {GB}) is on course for the July 10 G1 July Cup, with trainer Ed Walker saying he expects ground conditions to be in the 4-year-old's favour. The David Ward homebred was forced to miss last weekend's G1 Diamond Jubilee S. after significant rain fell at Royal Ascot; that course is the scene of Starman's lone defeat, where he beat two home in last year's G1 British Champions Sprint S. over the soft ground. The lightly raced 4-year-old was the first-up winner of the...

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Extravagant Kid On Course For July Cup

G1 Al Quoz Sprint winner and G1 King's Stand S. third Extravagant Kid (Kiss The Kid) has stayed on in Newmarket following his Ascot exploits, and the American raider will target the G1 July Cup on July 10. After placing in three stakes races in America earlier this year, the 8-year-old gelding Extravagant Kid hit a new level of form when winning the Al Quoz Sprint over six furlongs at Meydan under Ryan Moore, and put in an admirable performance at Royal Ascot under Frankie Dettori when dropped down to...

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Dream Of Dreams “Remarkably Well”

Dream Of Dreams (Ire) (Dream Ahead) exited his popular victory in last weekend's G1 Diamond Jubilee S. "remarkably well," according to Bruce Raymond, racing manager to owner Saeed Suhail. The 7-year-old gelding was winning the Royal Ascot sprinting showpiece after finishing runner-up in the prior two renewals for trainer Sir Michael Stoute. "We were delighted, and he's come out of the race very, very well," Raymond said. "His owner was absolutely delighted; he wanted to know if he can keep the trophy so I said, 'no, you have to win...

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No July Cup For Campanelle

Stonestreet Stables's Campanelle (Ire) (Kodiac {GB}), the winner of last week's G1 Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot, will skip an intended start in the G1 July Cup on July 10 and instead ship back to trainer Wesley Ward's Keeneland base on Wednesday. Campanelle's new target is the G1 Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville, Ward confirmed. "We're going for the Maurice de Gheest on Aug. 8, so we'll have plenty of time to get her back here tomorrow and get her ready and get her there a couple days before...

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Oxted To Defend July Cup Title

Oxted (GB) (Mayson {GB}) will prepare for a domestic campaign, including a defense of the G1 July Cup, after finishing seventh while trying dirt for the first time in the Riyadh Dirt Sprint last Saturday. "It all happened a bit quick for him," said trainer Roger Teal of Saturday's race. "He just never got to travel. Everything happened a million miles an hour and he was just taken out of his comfort zone a bit. The draw didn't help. It forced us to go a bit more forward than we...

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July Cup In The Spotlight On Saturday

Enjoying days in the sun during the last decade with Lethal Force (Ire) and Harry Angel (Ire), it did not take long for Clive Cox to unearth another star sprinter and the former's son Golden Horde (Ire) looks to emulate his achievement in winning the G1 Darley July Cup at Newmarket on Saturday. Dynamic when winning the G1 Commonwealth Cup on similar ground at Royal Ascot on June 19, last year's G2 Richmond S. winner and G1 Middle Park S. runner-up gets six pounds weight-for-age from the older brigade and...

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