Wednesday, May 05, 2010



Looks set to be another outstanding renewal with the world’s leading sprinters featuring among an entry of 76 for the six-furlong contest, seven more than in 2009.

Among the entries for the Group One contest are horses trained in Australia, the USA, France Hong Kong and Germany as well as Britain and Ireland.

Highlight of the three-day Newmarket July Festival on Friday, 9th July, the Darley July Cup is one of the three British legs of the Global Sprint Challenge alongside the King’s Stand Stakes and the Golden Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Having plundered the 2000 Guineas on Saturday with Makfi, French trainer Mikel Delzangles is eyeing up another major Newmarket prize with Marchand D’Or, who posted a scintillating victory in the 2008 Darley July Cup for former handler Freddie Head.

The seven-year-old followed up his success on the July Course with an unprecedented third success in the Group One Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville and a storming win the Prix de l’Abbaye at Longchamp but switched to Delzangles’ Chantilly stable in March after a lacklustre 2009 campaign.

Delzangles revealed: “Marchand D’Or is fine at the moment and we are planning to give him a comeback run in the Prix Saint-Georges at Longchamp (16th May). If he comes out of that race in good order, then the Darley July Cup would be on his agenda.

“We have the option of the two races at Royal Ascot and he could go there beforehand or alternatively there is the Group Two at Prix du Gros-Chene at Chantilly for him on 6th June.

“I couldn’t honestly say that he can return to his best. I think he was a bit sick last season but he seems fine now and we will have a better idea whether his talent remains after his return at Longchamp.”

Australian sprinters have dominated the first two British legs of the Global Sprint Challenge at Royal Ascot but have yet to emerge victorious in the Darley July Cup. A quartet of antipodean entries features the David Hayes-trained pair of Nicconi, who landed the Group One Lightning Stakes at Flemington in January, and Group Two scorer Eagle Falls. Gold Trail, from the yard of Gary Portelli, and the Paul Messara-trained Alverta also boast Group One-winning form down under.

Two of the most exciting southern hemisphere performers of recent years may also line up for new connections. Dual Group One winner Starspangledbanner was purchased by Michael Tabor in January and is set to race for Aidan O’Brien this summer, while Denman, successful in the Group One New Golden Rose Stakes in August, has been transferred from Peter Snowden to Godolphin trainer Saeed bin Suroor by Sheikh Mohammed.

A pair of Hong Kong-trained entries consists of the Derek Cruz-trained Joy And Fun, successful in the Group Three Al Quoz Sprint at Meydan in March, and Happy Zero, who triumphed in the Group One Queen’s Silver Jubilee Cup at Sha Tin in March for handler John Moore.

Dubai Golden Shaheen victor Kinsale King, one of three entries hailing from the United States, has been entered by Carl O’Callaghan alongside stable companion Leaving New York. Todd Pletcher enjoyed his first success in the Kentucky Derby on Saturday and the New York trainer may be represented by the progressive West Ocean, who has posted impressive wins on his two most recent starts.

The “Budapest Bullet” Overdose, unbeaten in 13 starts, is set to make his British debut at Royal Ascot ahead of a possible tilt at Newmarket, while French handler Alain de Royer-Dupre may be represented by Prix de la Foret scorer Varenar and War Artist, who took third in the 2008 Darley July Cup when in the care of James Eustace.

The home challenge is set to be headed by Fleeting Spirit, who survived a stewards’ enquiry to triumph over Main Aim in last year’s race. The Jeremy Noseda-trained filly went on to finish second behind Regal Parade in the Haydock Sprint Cup and filled the same spot in the Prix de l’Abbaye.

Other notable entries include the Aidan O’Brien-trained Rip Van Winkle and Paco Boy, from the stable of Richard Hannon, who have posted Group One victories over a mile, and last year’s Stan James-sponsored 2000 Guineas runner-up Delegator.

The Classic generation is also set to be well represented and the 29 three-year-olds entered included Canford Cliffs, third in the 2000 Guineas on Saturday, as well as Awzaan and Showcasing, who took first and third respectively in last season’s Group One Shadwell Middle Park Stakes. Aidan O’Brien has given an entry to the highly regarded pair of Steinbeck and Lillie Langtry, successful in the Tattersalls Timeform Fillies’ 800 on the Rowley Mile in October.

For more information please contact:

Michael Prosser, Clerk of the Course and Director of Racing, 07802 844 578

Tony Rushmer, Racing PR Manager, 07702 579 382


Class One, Group One, £400,000 Total Prize Fund. British Leg of the Global Sprint Challenge. Six furlongs. For three-year-olds and upwards. Newmarket, Friday, July 9, 2010. Entries closed, May 4, entries revealed, May 5 (76 entries). Scratchings deadline, Tuesday, June 15. Six-day confirmation & £30,000 supplementary entry stage Saturday, July 3. Final declaration stage 10.00am, Wednesday, July 7. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including the racing of Monday, May 3. May not include some overseas form.

Form Horse Age/Wgt Owner Trainer

21-(0)(0)(0)0 AICHI (AUS) 5-9-05 Godolphin Mahmood Al Zarooni

322105- BALTHAZAAR'S GIFT (IRE) 7-9-05 HE Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Al Nahyan Clive Cox

1100-13 BLUE JACK 5-9-05 Andrew Black & Michael Owen Tom Dascombe

04442-0 BONNIE CHARLIE 4-9-05 Hit The Beach Partnership William Haggas

(4)630-42 DAMIEN (IRE) 4-9-05 The Hon Catherine Corbett & Chris Wright Barry Hills

202D35- DELEGATOR 4-9-05 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor

10-1114 DENMAN (AUS) 4-9-05 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor

100110- DUFF (IRE) 7-9-05 Kilboy Estate Edward Lynam IRE

410-52(5) EAGLE FALLS (AUS) 5-9-05 R & C Legh Racing Pty Ltd, Mitchell, Cal David Hayes AUS

3205-(3)0 EL CAMBIO (AUS) 6-9-05 Godolphin Mahmood Al Zarooni

0050-11 EQUIANO (FR) 5-9-05 John Acheson Barry Hills

03/010-0 FINJAAN 4-9-05 Hamdan Al Maktoum Marcus Tregoning

501-5(0)2 FRAVASHI (AUS) 5-9-05 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor

431-106 GOLD TRAIL (AUS) 6-9-05 Lisa Anne Morton & Glenn Barrie Morton Gary Portelli AUS

1112-31 HAPPY ZERO (AUS) 6-9-05 David Philip Boehm John Moore HK

111134- HIGH STANDING (USA) 5-9-05 Tony Bloom William Haggas

30/2520- HUNTDOWN (USA) 4-9-05 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor

043315- JIMMY STYLES 6-9-05 Gwyn Powell & Peter Ridgers Clive Cox

33-0651 JOY AND FUN (NZ) 7-9-05 Mr & Mrs Johnny Wong Chun Nam Derek Cruz HK

153/016- KINGSGATE NATIVE (IRE) 5-9-05 Cheveley Park Stud Sir Michael Stoute

(5)/(0)(1)(1)-(1)(1) KINSALE KING (USA) 5-9-05 Sheehy LLC Carl O'Callaghan USA

142004- MAIN AIM 5-9-05 Khalid Abdulla Sir Michael Stoute

116/(0)40- MARCHAND D'OR (FR) 7-9-05 Carla Giral Mikel Delzangles FR

2022-(4)(0) MARCHING (AUS) 6-9-05 Godolphin Mahmood Al Zarooni

42100-0 MARIOL (FR) 7-9-05 Family Vidal Robert Collet FR

(1)3/-(3)2 MULLIONMILEANHOUR (IRE) 4-9-05 Pattern Racing UK Ltd John Best

130-160 NICCONI (AUS) 5-9-05 P Devitt, L Gordon, D Hayes David Hayes AUS

11111/1- OVERDOSE 5-9-05 MIKO Racing-Zoltan Mikoczy Jozef Roszival GER

14142-1 PACO BOY (IRE) 5-9-05 The Calvera Partnership No 2 Richard Hannon

124100- PALACE MOON 5-9-05 Exors of the late Miss Bridget Swire Hughie Morrison

0-(0)(0)(0)2(4) PRIME DEFENDER 6-9-05 S Falle, M Franklin, J Sumsion Barry Hills

1312(2)-1 RAIN DELAYED (IRE) 4-9-05 Anamoine Ltd Ger Lyons IRE

01321-(0) REGAL PARADE 6-9-05 Dab Hand Racing David Nicholls

44211(0)- RIP VAN WINKLE (IRE) 4-9-05 Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith Aidan O'Brien IRE

0/14541- SAYIF (IRE) 4-9-05 Saleh Al Homaizi & Imad Al Sagar Peter Chapple-Hyam

0/(1)-(0)(1)(1)0 SIROCCO BREEZE 5-9-05 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor

141-413 STARSPANGLEDBANNER (AUS) 4-9-05 Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE

15(1)-(1) STORM ULTRALIGHT (ARG) 4-9-05 Godolphin Mahmood Al Zarooni

1/21242- TRIPLE ASPECT (IRE) 4-9-05 Tony Bloom William Haggas

112421- VARENAR (FR) 4-9-05 H H Aga Khan Alain de Royer Dupre FR

130-(1)(5)4 WAR ARTIST (AUS) 7-9-05 Rupert Plersch Alain de Royer Dupre FR

12-3121 ALVERTA (AUS) 7-9-02 Arrowfield Pastoral Pty Ltd Paul Messara AUS

20/300(2)- EXCELLERATOR (IRE) 4-9-02 The Excellerators George Baker

4/2122(0)- FLEETING SPIRIT (IRE) 5-9-02 The Searchers Jeremy Noseda

(1)316/- LADDIES POKER TWO (IRE) 5-9-02 Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Jeremy Noseda

111/010- SERIOUS ATTITUDE (IRE) 4-9-02 Derek Willis & Rae Guest Rae Guest

11-0211 WEST OCEAN (USA) 4-9-02 Wertheimer et Frere Todd Pletcher USA

622454- AIR CHIEF MARSHAL (IRE) 3-8-13 Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith Aidan O'Brien IRE

1165(0)-0 ALFRED NOBEL (IRE) 3-8-13 Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE

22(0)120- ANGEL'S PURSUIT (IRE) 3-8-13 Malih Al Basti Richard Hannon

111-3 ARCANO (IRE) 3-8-13 Hamdan Al Maktoum Brian Meehan

1115- ARCTIC (IRE) 3-8-13 Richard Pegum Tracey Collins IRE

1111-0 AWZAAN 3-8-13 Hamdan Al Maktoum Mark Johnston

113-23 CANFORD CLIFFS (IRE) 3-8-13 Heffer Syndicate, Mrs Roy & Mrs Instance Richard Hannon

21-1 DAFEEF 3-8-13 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor

(1)(4)01-61 FREE JUDGEMENT (USA) 3-8-13 June.Judd/Jackie.Bolger/Ennistown Stud Jim Bolger IRE

1-0 INLER (IRE) 3-8-13 Maggie Findlay & The Sangster Family Jim Best

16- KHATTAAB (USA) 3-8-13 Hamdan Al Maktoum Barry Hills

(3)(5)-(1) LEAVING NEW YORK (USA) 3-8-13 Sheehy LLC Carl O'Callaghan USA

0(1)-12 MEEZAAN (IRE) 3-8-13 Hamdan Al Maktoum John Gosden

14- ORPEN SHADOW (IRE) 3-8-13 Hamdan Al Maktoum Jean Claude Rouget FR

31314- POET'S VOICE 3-8-13 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor

113- QUARREL (USA) 3-8-13 St Albans Bloodstock LLP William Haggas

1103-10 RED JAZZ (USA) 3-8-13 Ronnie Arculli Barry Hills

03-(0)(0)63 ROCK JOCK (IRE) 3-8-13 Thistle Bloodstock Limited Tracey Collins IRE

2113- SHOWCASING 3-8-13 Khalid Abdulla John Gosden

5110-1 SOCIETY ROCK (IRE) 3-8-13 Simon Gibson James Fanshawe

14- STEINBECK (IRE) 3-8-13 Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE

124- BEYOND DESIRE 3-8-10 Clipper Logistics Michael Jarvis

4-4(2)10 FULL OF HOPE (IRE) 3-8-10 Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE

1120-20 HABAAYIB 3-8-10 Hamdan Al Maktoum Ed Dunlop

1243- KITTY KIERNAN 3-8-10 Ennistown Stud/Jackie Bolger Jim Bolger IRE

121310- LILLIE LANGTRY (IRE) 3-8-10 Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE

2102-40 MISHEER 3-8-10 Saeed Manana Clive Brittain

64(0)-0(3)0 QUEEN OF TROY (IRE) 3-8-10 Sue Magnier/Paul Fleming Aidan O'Brien IRE

1136-40 WALK ON BYE (IRE) 3-8-10 M V Magnier/Linda Shanaghan/Michael Tabor Tommy Stack IRE

76 Entries

15 Irish-trained

5 French-trained

4 Australian-trained

3 US-trained

2 Hong Kong-trained

1 German-trained


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