Darley July Cup - 13th July 2013  

2012 July Cup


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Lethal Force On Top in Darley July Cup

1 Lethal Force 9/2
2 Society Rock 11/2
3 Slade Power 16/1
NR: Krypton Factor 11 ran Distances: 1½l, ¾l, nk
TIME 1m 9.11s (fast by 1.09s)

Lethal Force confirmed himself the leading sprinter in Europe as he made all to land the Darley July Cup at Newmarket.

Lethal Force
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Lethal Force

Adam Kirby blazed up the stands rail on the Clive Cox-trained grey as he showed there was no fluke about his Diamond Jubilee Stakes win from Royal Ascot, again proving too good for closest pursuer Society Rock, this time by a length and a half.

The four-year-old (9-2) was kicked on by Kirby with a quarter-mile to run and despite a visible jink along the way he ran on strongly to beat James Fanshawe's runner in record time. Slade Power was third, a further three-quarters of a length away.

Kirby said: "He's fast. I jumped out, got into a beautiful rhythm and things went nicely to plan, but he had no concentration just after the two pole. When I gave him a smack he jinked, he nearly slipped, he wasn't expecting it. But he was very good. Clive leaves it to me and he's a pleasure to ride for."

Cox added: "I'm so proud of him. Even when he won at Royal Ascot they said he was lucky and it was a good ride, but I think he's confirmed today he's pretty good. There might be a few doubters silenced now. I'm thrilled for everyone back home.

"He came back from Ascot really well and he was cherry-ripe today. Physically he has matured, and strengthening from three to four has been the key. To break the track record is brilliant.

"I was a bit worried about the undulations, but he put that to bed really well. Adam said if anything he was idling a bit in front. He gave him a smack and the result was clear.

"He'll tell us how he comes back from here. We've got lots of nice options. He's a seven-furlong Group Two winner, so the Maurice de Gheest is possible (over six and a half furlongs at Deauville) and beyond that we've had lots of kind invitations from as far afield as Australia and Hong Kong. We'll just take it a step at a time."

Fanshawe, who has been suffering from ill health, said of Society Rock: "He ran really well and I'm so proud of how the team have prepared him since I've not been around. It's the most consistent he has ever been and he seems to be enjoying it. We'll look at Haydock (Sprint Cup), but there might be a race in between via the Maurice de Gheest."

South African raider Shea Shea was a neck behind Slade Power in fourth, having been sent off the 3-1 favourite. His trainer Mike de Kock said: "I just don't think he's a six-furlong horse. He has won over that trip in South Africa, but really beating nothing. He couldn't show that burst of speed over six, so we'll go on to the Nunthorpe Stakes and the Prix de l'Abbaye."



Darley July Cup
(British Champions Series And Global Sprint Challenge) (Group 1)
£500,000 added, 3yo plus, 6f, Class 1
11 ran
Going: Good to Firm (Watered)

Starting Price
Beaten Distance
Lethal Force
C G Cox
A Kirby
9st 5lbs
9 - 2
Society Rock
J R Fanshawe
K Fallon
9st 5lbs
11 - 2
1 1/2 length
Slade Power
E Lynam
W M Lordan
9st 5lbs
16 - 1
3/4 length
Shea Shea
M F De Kock
C Soumillon
9st 5lbs
3 - 1
Sole Power
E Lynam
J P Murtagh
9st 5lbs
15 - 2
Gale Force Ten
A P O'Brien
R L Moore
8st 13lbs
4 - 1
2 lengths
Danny O'Brien
M Barzalona
9st 5lbs
20 - 1
1/2 length
K A Ryan
N Callan
9st 5lbs
12 - 1
3 3/4 lengths
Sovereign Debt
M L W Bell
T P Queally
9st 5lbs
25 - 1
2 3/4 lengths
A M Balding
L P Keniry
8st 13lbs
50 - 1
7 lengths
Darrin Miller
L Dettori
9st 5lbs
50 - 1
1/2 length
Krypton Factor
F Nass
Luke Morris
9st 5lbs
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