DARLEY JULY CUP (Group 1)
Newmarket, Turf, 1207m
12 July 2014
Slade Power (Dutch Art) confirmed his position as the best sprinter in Europe with a decisive victory in the Group 1 Darley July Cup, the feature race at Newmarket Saturday.
Racing on the far side, as the field split into two groups, he led his section approaching the final furlong before taking the overall lead and running on strongly to score by a length and a half from the outsider Tropics (Speightstown), with Gregorian (Clodovil) a short head back in third.
In winning, the five-year-old son of Cheveley Park Stud’s Dutch Art completed the Group 1 six-furlong sprint double, having landed the Groupo 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes at the Royal Meeting and he will bid to make that a treble in the Group 1 Haydock Park Sprint in September. That race is likely to be his last in Europe, as his connections have decided to campaign him against Australia’s best in a bid to have him crowned World Champion Sprinter.
Slade Power’s trainer Eddie Lynam, also handler of fellow top sprinter Sole Power (Kyllachy), who was a late absentee Saturday, said, “I think today he’s proved he’s the best sprinter in Europe and the obvious step now is to try and make him the best sprinter in the world. What better place to go than Australia and try to beat them on their own patch, which won’t be easy, but we’ll give it a go. Stupidly I watched the race on the inside of the track and I couldn’t see anything. They were all just running up in a blur, but I knew he was up in the front of the pack and I’m delighted with the result. I’ve always spoken of him very highly and thought he was very good. I’m looking forward to taking him to Melbourne. The last race of his career will be in the Group 1 VRC Sprint Classic in Melbourne in November.”
Slade Power, who also has four other Group wins to his name, will retire to Darley’s Kildangan Stud after his trip to Australia.
Extract from European Bloodstock News