Article Date: 09-May-2012
Black Caviar heads the 57 sprinters from across the globe entered for the Group 1 Darley July Cup, run over six furlongs at Newmarket on Saturday, July 14th.
Boasting a prize fund of £400,000, the Darley July Cup is one of the most prestigious sprints staged in Europe and the third British leg of the Global Sprint Challenge. It also forms part of the QIPCO British Champions Series.
The 57 entries include representatives from Australia, Hong Kong, Bahrain and France, in addition to the very best from Britain and Ireland.
Star attraction among the three Australian entries is the outstanding mare Black Caviar, who has won all 20 of her starts in her homeland, with no less than 10 of those having come at Group 1 level.
Two races ago she won the Group 1 Coolmore Lightning Stakes over five furlongs at Flemington on February 18 - the first event in the 2012 Global Sprint Challenge. The amazing unbeaten six-year-old, trained by Peter Moody and the second highest-rated horse in the world, is set to be based in Newmarket ahead of her assault on Royal Ascot and the Darley July Cup over the summer. The Australian challenge also includes the Group 1 winners Foxwedge and Ortensia.
Krypton Factor has proved to be a star for his Bahrain-based owner/trainer Fawzi Nass in Dubai this year, winning the Group 3 Mahab Al Shimaal and the Group One Dubai Golden Shaheen, with both those victories coming over six furlongs on Tapeta at Meydan. The Dubai Golden Shaheen was the third Global Sprint Challenge race of 2012.
The four-year-old is set for a European campaign over the summer, which should hopefully include both Royal Ascot and the Darley July Cup. He is due to run at Kranji, Singapore, on Sunday, May 20th, in the Group 1 KrisFlyer International, also part of the Global Sprint Challenge.
Oliver St Lawrence, racing manager to Fawzi Nass, commented: “Krypton Factor runs in Singapore on May 20th and he should land in England on May 24th with the intention of going on to the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Darley July Cup at Newmarket.
“He has been very well since his victory in Dubai. We eased off a bit but he wasn’t on the go from the end of Meydan last year to the start of Meydan this year so he has hardly had a strenuous time.
“He has improved this year because we have brought him back in trip and Fawzi Nass always knew that last year, but he had just turned three so we didn’t want to take on older horses. He had his prep run over eight furlongs this season and then once he was back at six he was pretty unbeatable.
“He had good form on turf for Sir Mark Prescott so you would like to think he could hold his own now he is switching from Tapeta and we will find that out in Singapore.
“We will take it race by race when he gets to England. He is a gelding so there doesn’t need to be stallion career mapped out for him.”
The latest French-trained winner of the Darley July Cup was Marchand D’Or in 2008, who was handled by Freddy Head.
Head has two potential challengers in 2012, the fillies Moonlight Cloud and Zantenda. The four-year-old Moonlight Cloud landed the Group 1 Prix Maurice de Gheest over an extended six furlongs at Deauville in August, while the three-year-old Zantenda was a high-class juvenile last season, ending the campaign by finishing third in the Group 1 Prix Marcel Boussac at Longchamp in October.
Head commented: “Moonlight Cloud is very well and the Darley July Cup could be a race for her. I am very happy and she will reappear in a seven-furlong race at Longchamp in early June. I can’t say she has improved, but sometimes from three to four they get a bit tougher.
“I was a bit disappointed with her at Ascot, but I think she could be better than what she showed there because prior to that she was very impressive in the Prix Maurice De Gheest.
“I am going to try sprinting with Zantenda and see if it is her thing. She will run at Longchamp (Prix de Saint-Georges) on Sunday over five furlongs and we will take it from there.”
The international entries for the Darley July Cup also include the Hong Kong superstar Joy And Fun, trained by Derek Cruz. The tough and consistent nine-year-old won the Group 1 Chairman's Sprint Prize at Sha Tin in February.
DARLEY JULY CUP
£400,000 total prize fund, Group 1, third British leg of the Global Sprint Challenge and part of the British Champions Series.Six furlongs, Newmarket, Saturday, July 14, for three-year-olds and upwards. Weights: 3-y-o colts and geldings 8st 13lb, fillies 8st 10lb; 4-y-o and upwards colts and geldings 9st 5lb; fillies 9st 2lb. Entries closed May 8, entries revealed May 9 (57 entries), scratchings deadline June 26, five-day confirmations & £30,000 supplementary entry stage Monday, July 9, final declarations 10am, Thursday, July 12. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including the racing of Monday, May 7. May not include some overseas form.
Form Horse Age Owner Trainer
12056-5 AFTER (IRE) 3 Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith Aidan O'Brien IRE
1-4 ALJAMAAHEER (IRE) 3 Hamdan Al Maktoum Roger Varian
0/16060- AMICO FRITZ (GER) 6 Alexander Pereira Alex Pantall FR
11003- ANGELS WILL FALL (IRE) 3 Mrs E O'Leary Charlie Hills
(6)6-(3)02(2) BANNOCK (IRE) 3 Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum Mark Johnston
110- BAPAK CHINTA (USA) 3 T A Rahman Kevin Ryan
520220- BATED BREATH 5 Khalid Abdulla Roger Charlton
11115-5 BEST TERMS 3 Robert Barnett Richard Hannon
11-1111 BLACK CAVIAR (AUS) 6 Werrett, Wilkie, Madden, Taylor & Hawkes Peter Moody AUS
101610- BOGART 3 Angie Bailey Kevin Ryan
22320-(3) BURWAAZ 3 Hamdan Al Maktoum Ed Dunlop
1150-10 CASPAR NETSCHER 3 Charles Wentworth Alan McCabe
0141(6)- CRUSADE (USA) 3 Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
11111-2 DABIRSIM (FR) 3 Simon Springer Christophe Ferland FR
1500-10 DELEGATOR 6 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
1444-04 DUBAWI GOLD 4 Andrew Tinkler Richard Hannon
231/411- ELNAWIN 6 Noodles Racing Richard Hannon
4122-63 ELUSIVITY (IRE) 4 Poilin Good Brian Meehan
022043- EMPOWERING (IRE) 4 Ann-Marie O'Brien & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
2000-11 ES QUE LOVE (IRE) 3 Crone Stud Farms Ltd Mark Johnston
13112-1 EXCELEBRATION (IRE) 4 Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
41222-2 FIRE LILY (IRE) 3 Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier David Wachman IRE
12-4316 FOXWEDGE (AUS) 4 Foxwedge Partnership, Dr E & B. Bateman John O'Shea AUS
64450-0 GENKI (IRE) 8 Gillian Khosla Roger Charlton
0/41004- HAWKEYETHENOO (IRE) 6 Johnnie Delta Racing Jim Goldie
110-50(0) HELMET (AUS) 4 Godolphin Mahmood Al Zarooni
06-(2)(1)(2)(4) HITCHENS (IRE) 7 Laurence O'Kane & Paul Murphy David Barron
101163- HOOF IT 5 Chubby Chandler & Lee Westwood Mick Easterby
(0)00210 INVINCIBLE ASH (IRE) 7 P Condron Mick Halford IRE
(0)(0)(6)022 JIMMY STYLES 8 Gwyn Powell and Peter Ridgers Clive Cox
452-213 JOY AND FUN (NZ) 9 Mr & Mrs Johnny Wong Chun Nam Derek Cruz HK
3-2(1)(2)(1)(1) KRYPTON FACTOR 4 Fawzi Abdulla Nass Fawzi Abdulla Nass BHR
2344-1 LETHAL FORCE (IRE) 3 Alan Craddock Clive Cox
01030-5 LIBRANNO 4 McDowell Racing Richard Hannon
21311-0 LIGHTENING PEARL (IRE) 3 Pearl Bloodstock Ltd Ger Lyons IRE
3(4)2-311 MAYSON 4 David Armstrong Richard Fahey
102115- MOONLIGHT CLOUD 4 George Strawbridge Freddy Head FR
11-3 NEPHRITE 3 Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
60011-1 ORTENSIA (AUS) 7 A D Fraser, Ms A Fraser & Miss E Ridley Paul Messara AUS
566451- PASTORAL PLAYER 5 The Pursuits Partnership Hughie Morrison
1-1 PEARL SECRET 3 Pearl Bloodstock Ltd David Barron
11212-0 POWER 3 Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
315613- REPLY (IRE) 3 Sue Magnier/Tabor/Smith/Mordukhovitch Aidan O'Brien IRE
31411-4 RESTIADARGENT (FR) 3 G Pariente Alex Pantall FR
03114-4 ROYAL ROCK 8 Aida Fustoq Chris Wall
116/0-(2) SAAMIDD 4 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
3031-61 SABRATAH 4 G Heald Alex Pantall FR
5(3)362-0 SAIGON 3 Patrick Dalby & Richard Schuster James Toller
1111-5(0) SEPOY (AUS) 4 Godolphin Mahmood Al Zarooni
1111-00 SIRIUS PROSPECT (USA) 4 Miss N Yarrow Dean Ivory
212600- SOCIETY ROCK (IRE) 5 Simon Gibson James Fanshawe
0031-1(0) SOUL (AUS) 5 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
46433-1 THE CHEKA (IRE) 6 Anthony Pye-Jeary And Mel Smith Eve Johnson Houghton
(1)1 VALBCHEK (IRE) 3 Richard Keen & Paul Smith Jeremy Noseda
D(2)(1)- WAVE (IRE) 3 Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
2/01552- WIZZ KID (IRE) 4 Mme M Mahony Robert Collet FR
113-6 ZANTENDA 3 Wertheimer et Frere Freddy Head FR
1 Hong Kong-trained
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