Darley July Cup
Group 1, Newmarket 14:15
£500,000 added,
3yo plus,
6f, Class 1   
Saturday 14th July 2018

1 U S Navy Flag 8/1
2 Brando 14/1
3 Fleet Review 50/1
13 ran NR: Invincible Army Distances: 1¾l, ¾l, hd
Time: 1m 11.32s (slow by 1.32s)

US Navy Flag relishes the drop back to sprinting to win for Ryan Moore and Aidan O'Brien

US Navy Flag
© Caroline Norris
US Navy Flag

A dual Group One winner as a two-year-old, US Navy Flag had taken in the English and Irish 2000 Guineas, finishing second in the latter, without gracing the winner’s enclosure this season.

But reverted to sprinting, the Aidan O’Brien-trained colt showed his class on his first start against older horses.

Ryan Moore had US Navy Flag (8-1) in front from the start and the son of War Front kept up the gallop to land a convincing success, in the process giving the jockey his first July Cup win.

Brando, who delayed the start as he had to be re-plated, went one place better than 12 months ago ins second, with Fleet Review third for the O’Brien team.

Mathematician Betting

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

Pos Draw Dist Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st (12) U S Navy Flag (USA) 8/1 R L Moore
9-0
A P O'Brien 3
2nd (4) Brando 14/1 T Eaves
9-6
K A Ryan 6
3rd (11) ¾ Fleet Review (USA) 50/1 W M Lordan
9-0
A P O'Brien 3
4th (7) hd Sir Dancealot (IRE) 16/1 G Mosse
9-6
D R C Elsworth 4
5th (13) nse Sioux Nation (USA) 18/1 J A Heffernan
9-0
A P O'Brien 3
6th (14) ½ Dreamfield 6/1 James Doyle
9-6
J H M Gosden 4
7th (10) Blue Point (IRE) 5/2f W Buick
9-6
C Appleby 4
8th (8) nk Spirit of Valor (USA) 33/1 D O'Brien
9-6
A P O'Brien 4
9th (9) ¾ Eqtidaar (IRE) 8/1 Jim Crowley
9-0
Sir Michael Stoute 3
10th (2) nk Redkirk Warrior 11/1 Regan Bayliss
9-6
David & B Dabernig 7
11th (6) 2 Limato (IRE) 8/1 Harry Bentley
9-6
H Candy 6
12th (5) nse Sands Of Mali (FR) 7/1 P Hanagan
9-0
R A Fahey 3
13th (1) Intelligence Cross (USA) 66/1 P B Beggy
9-6
A P O'Brien 4
NR (3) Invincible Army (IRE) P J McDonald
9-0
J Tate 3