O'CALLAGHAN TARGETS DARLEY JULY CUP FOR KING
Trainer Carl O’Callaghan has confirmed that Kinsale King will remain in Britain for a probable tilt at the £400,000 Darley July Cup at Newmarket, the third British leg of the Global Sprint Challenge, on Friday, 9th July.
The Irishman, who is based in the United States, saddled the five-year-old for his first race on turf in which he finished third behind Starspangledbanner in the Group One Golden Jubilee Stakes, the second British leg of the Global Sprint Challenge, at Royal Ascot last Saturday.
O’Callaghan is now hoping that the stiff six furlongs of the July Course will suit Kinsale King.
The gelding, temporarily stabled at Abingdon Place on the Bury Road in Newmarket, has come out of his last assignment in fine fettle.
And O'Callaghan is ready to let his charge have a shot at turning the tables on his Royal Ascot conqueror.
He said: “For us, coming third at Ascot was like winning. My horse showed up on the day and that’s all I can ask.
“I think next time we’ll see a better performance. I am a bit concerned running him back so quick but he has bounced out of the race and is in great shape. He has been playing in the paddock and having a grand time.
“I wouldn’t stay if I didn’t think he had a chance of winning. After Ascot we did all the scopes and x-rays you can do and they were spotless.
“This time we won’t let Starspangledbanner go. I want to sit closer to him perhaps only a length behind as my horse can kick but also keep going.”
Kinsale King provided O’Callaghan with his biggest win to date in the Grade One Dubai Golden Shaheen at Meydan on 27th March.
The July Festival offers three days of outstanding racing action on the beautiful July Course, including the £185,000 Group One Etihad Airways Falmouth Stakes on Wednesday, 7th July, and the third British leg of the Global Sprint Challenge, the £400,000 Darley July Cup, on Friday, 9th July.
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