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  • 15:35 Darley July Cup 6f

  • (British Champions' Series And Global Sprint Challenge) (Group 1) £400,000 added 3yo+ 16 ran
  • Winner £226,840 2nd £86,000 3rd £43,040 4th £21,440
  • Going: Good to Firm, Good in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 10.66s
  • Off time: 15:35:53

Full result

15:35 Newmarket Result 9th July 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st (2) Dream Ahead (USA) 8-13 Hayley Turner D M Simcock 3 7/1
Tracked leaders, effort when not clear run just over 1f out, switched left, driven to lead inside final furlong, ran on strongly, impressive opened 7/1 touched 8/1 £3000-£400 £3500-£500 £3000-£330(x2)
2nd (9) ½ Bated Breath 9-5 S Drowne R Charlton 4 8/1
Tracked leaders, led over 1f out, soon hung right under pressure, headed inside final furlong, no extra opened 8/1 touched 8/1 £40000-£5000 £10000-£1200(x2) £8000-£1000 £5000-£600
3rd (7) Hitchens (IRE) 9-5 S De Sousa T D Barron 6 28/1
Chased leaders, driven to challenge over 2f out, kept on well under pressure opened 40/1 touched 40/1 £5000-£100
4th (1) 1 Libranno 8-13 S Sanders Richard Hannon 3 12/1
Led, headed over 1f out, held when hampered inside final furlong, no extra opened 12/1 touched 12/1 £2400-£200
5th (17) nse Delegator 9-5 L Dettori Saeed bin Suroor 5 11/2
Held up in rear, headway over 1f out, soon chasing leaders, kept on same pace opened 11/2 touched 6/1 £6000-£1000(x2) £2400-£400 £2000-£300(x2) £5500-£1000(x2) £5000-£750 £5000-£1000
6th (5) nse Genki (IRE) 9-5 G Baker R Charlton 7 20/1
Held up in rear, headway over 1f out, ran on well inside final furlong, never nearer opened 20/1 touched 20/1
7th (14) ½ War Artist (AUS) 9-5 O Peslier Markus Klug 8 25/1
Chased leaders, ridden to challenge over 2f out, faded final furlong opened 28/1 touched 28/1
8th (3) ½ Elzaam (AUS) 8-13 R Hills R Varian 3 7/1
Chased leaders, ridden to challenge over 1f out, weakened final furlong opened 7/1 touched 7/1
9th (6) ½ Regal Parade 9-5 Adrian Nicholls D Nicholls 7 20/1
Behind, under pressure halfway, soon no impression opened 20/1 touched 20/1
10th (10) hd Star Witness (AUS) 9-5 Steven Arnold Danny O'brien 4 4/1f
Chased leaders, effort over 1f out, soon weakened opened 11/2 touched 11/2 £6000-£1000(x2) £2500-£400 £5500-£1000(x3) £2250-£500
11th (13) ½ Dalghar (FR) 9-5 J Fortune A M Balding 5 25/1
Pulled hard, tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened opened 25/1 touched 28/1
12th (16) Winker Watson 9-5 J H Bowman M R Channon 6 66/1
Reared start, always behind opened 50/1 touched 66/1
13th (12) 1 Oracle (IRE) 8-13 C O'Donoghue A P O'Brien 3 18/1
Chased leaders, effort over 2f out, weakened over 1f out opened 16/1 touched 20/1
14th (8) Jimmy Styles 9-5 P Robinson C G Cox 7 66/1
Pulled hard soon prominent, lost place well over 1f out opened 66/1 touched 66/1
15th (4) 1 Monsieur Chevalier (IRE) 9-5 K Fallon Richard Hannon 4 12/1
Mid-division, hard ridden halfway, weakened over 2f out opened 9/1 touched 12/1
16th (11) Amico Fritz (GER) 9-5 M Guyon H A Pantall 5 16/1
Prominent, under pressure over 2f out, soon weakened opened 25/1 touched 25/1
NR (15) Swiss Diva 9-2 N Mackay D R C Elsworth 5

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £9.20 Tote Place: £3.20,3.80,14.80
Straight Forecast: £56.73 Exacta: £85.90 Trifecta: £2,053.90 Swingers: 1&2:14.40 2&3:44.60 1&3:63.30

Jackpot: £106,017.76 carried forward to Southwell, 10th Jul
Placepot: £5,251.00, Pool: £174795.94, 24.3 winning tickets
Quadpot: £35.90, Pool: £10324.27, 212.45 winning tickets

Verdict

A fascinating renewal of the July Cup and DREAM AHEAD confirmed that he had trained on to make a very smart three-year-old. David Simcock's colt had shared joint top-rating as a juvenile with Frankel last season and while a period of absence and a well beaten fifth at Royal Ascot may have led individuals to question that assessment, this was a thorough riposte to those suggestions. As is typical for a July Cup, there was no shortage of pace on view with Amico Fritz, Libranno and Oracle all attempting to secure early position as they made their way through the opening exchanges. Perhaps given confidence by a low drawn winner of the Bunbury Cup, Hayley Turner elected to keep to the stands' rail in behind the leaders and enjoyed a relatively untroubled passage. Switching around runners with a furlong to travel, Dream Ahead answered all the rider's urgings and soon had the prize in safe keeping. Bated Breath has had his problems in the past and he lost no caste in defeat off what was probably a career best. If Roger Charlton can keep him sound, he won't always be so unlucky as to run into such a high-class performer. Hitchens won a Group 3 earlier in the year and though he represents relatively unfashionable connections - the fact that David Barron was prepared to chance his arm spoke volumes. Handicaps have long since been out of the equation for him and he was fully deserving of his placing from a typically gritty performance. Libranno is probably at his best when unhustled for the lead and in truth, this was never going to happen here. Delegator drifted alarmingly on course having held the mantle of market leader during the whole of the ante-post market. Frankie Dettori was keen not to allow him to sit as far off the pace as he did at York but he never travelled as well as he did at the Knavesmire and he was ultimately a well held fifth. Chipchase winner, Genki, made significant progress from off the pace to run on into a never-nearer sixth. Elzaam weakened out of it having chased the leaders whilst Star Witness held every chance. Dalghar pulled hard and looked a tricky ride under Jimmy Fortune whilst Winker Watson surrendered any chance by propping as the stalls opened.