Darley July Cup
Group 1, Newmarket 15:45
£500,000 added,
3yo plus,
6f, Class 1  
Saturday 11th July 2015

1 Muhaarar 2/1JF
2 Tropics 25/1
3 Eastern Impact 50/1
NR: Caspar Netscher
14 ran Distances: nse, 1½l, nk
TIME 1m 9.34s (fast by 0.86s)

Muhaarar beats Tropics to the July Cup in a thrilling finish

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Fresh from his victory in the inaugural Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot, Muhaarar (2-1 joint-favourite) was the first three-year-old to win this famous sprint since Dream Ahead in 2011.

It looked as though Tropics (25-1) was going to go one better than 12 months ago for trainer Dean Ivory when he led inside the final furlong, but Paul Hanagan conjured a late run out of Charlie Hills' young star to win by a nose.

Eastern Impact (50-1) was a length and a half away in third.

Hills said: "It was the track I was worried about more than anything. He got a good start and Paul managed to get him covered up, but he didn't come down the hill too good. But he's a real fighter and he galloped right to the line against some seasoned sprinters.

"He will only get sharper the more he competes in these races. He has got a great temperament and if you wanted any horse's temperament you would ask for his.

"He has run a great race and has stepped up and improved again. I think seven furlongs is no problem, either. He's just a very good horse and one that is very exciting."

"We'll put him back on a nice level track now. He's in the Maurice de Gheest and the Haydock Sprint and there's Ascot at the end of the year.

"He's not in the Nunthorpe, so that's out of calculations."

Winning jockey Hanagan, who was completing a double having earlier won the Bunbury Cup aboard Rene Mathis, said: "This is what's it all about. The whole team works hard, I'm delighted.

"He didn't really handle the track and the dip and I could only really move on him when he hit the rising ground.

"I always just thought he was going to get there."

Although watching Tropics have to make do with second once again, Radlett handler Ivory was still thrilled with the performance.

He said: "The last few strides felt like 10 minutes. I thought he had won it, but I can't complain at all. To me, it is as good as a winner. It was not perfect ground today, but he had more about him than he did at Ascot.

"I believe he is a Group One horse and when he is right he gives 110 per cent. He is entered in the Stewards' Cup, but he does not like a lot of runners. The next step will be the Listed race he has won in the last two seasons back here because he receives no penalty.

"We will have to seriously think about going over the Breeders' Cup after that, as there are not too many times you get invited over to race there."

Sprint stalwart Sole Power was fourth for Eddie Lynam, who said: "It was a really good race. He has been a great horse for us. He's like the son I've never had.

"He's run a really good race again today. Horses like him are great for the division.

"The winner is the true champion - a six-furlong horse - but our horse has run a great race.

"I feel a bit for the connections of Tropics, but I think you'll find the race was won by a proper champion. We will head for the Nunthorpe now."

Owner David Power added: "We are looking forward to the Nunthorpe, but I think he will be up against Acapulco. Hopefully we will have double-figure odds."

Mathematician Betting

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

  Dr Dist Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st (7) Muhaarar 2/1j P Hanagan
C Hills 3
2nd (10) nse Tropics (USA) 25/1 P Cosgrave
D K Ivory 7
3rd (11) Eastern Impact (IRE) 50/1 Jack Garritty
R A Fahey 4
4th (14) nk Sole Power 16/1 R Hughes
E Lynam 8
5th (4) nk Danzeno 12/1 L Dettori
M Appleby 4
6th (5) 1 Anthem Alexander (IRE) 12/1 P J Smullen
E Lynam 3
7th (15) nk Brazen Beau (AUS) 2/1j James Doyle
C J Waller 4
8th (3) ¾ Lancelot Du Lac (ITY) 66/1 Hayley Turner
D K Ivory 5
9th (2) Muthmir (IRE) 9/1 Dane O'Neill
W J Haggas 5
10th (13) Due Diligence (USA) 25/1 J P O'Brien
A P O'Brien 4
11th (8) nse Astaire (IRE) 16/1 J P Spencer
K A Ryan 4
12th (9) ½ G Force (IRE) 25/1 Sam James
D O'Meara 4
13th (6) ½ Jack Dexter 25/1 F Lynch
J S Goldie 6
14th (1) 9 Steps (IRE) 66/1 Jim Crowley
R Varian 7
NR (12) Caspar Netscher 50/1 A Mullen
D M Simcock 6