Starspangledbanner Blazes to Victory in Golden Jubilee
1 Starspangledbanner 13/2J
Following Starspangledbanner’s victory in the Golden Jubilee Stakes, connections were full of praise for the Australian-bred Choisir colt.
Jockey Johnny Murtagh said: “Aidan was very confident coming into this race. He told me to just jump him out, let him use that stride, and not to be anxious when I got to the two, wait until I got to furlong and a half out and when I went for him, Aidan thought that when I went for him, he should respond.
“Everything just worked perfectly. I had a lovely draw - he jumped well, travelled really well. There was a good strong gallop all of the way and I sensed them coming at the two but when I let him go, he really ran straight up the rail and responded.
“He responded very well and went right to the line - I couldn’t pull him up after the race. I think that he is a great horse.
“He’s very similar to Choisir. They are both big, strong but when I rode Starspangledbanner today, he was different - he was in a different zone and there was about 20 lengths improvement in him from his last run York.
Trainer Aidan O’Brien added: “Before York he was only half-speeding but his half-speeding was unbelievable. He was just ready to start at York and got tired but his work since then has been incredible - his second last furlong in his final piece of work was just under nine and a half seconds, which I have never seen before.
“When I horse can do that kind of work, we’ve never seen it, and he is without doubt the fastest sprinter I have trained. To go that fast, furlong by furlong, you don’t record those kinds of time - we have never recorded them, anyway.
“Hopefully he will go for the July Cup now and we would really look forward to that. He is an incredible sprinter.
“Thanks to everyone for being so patient all year. We started slow at the start of the week they were obviously very slow but Johnny was brilliant yesterday and brilliant again today. It’s credit to everybody.”
PLACED CONNECTIONS TAKE AIM AT DARLEY JULY CUP
Society Rock could step out at Newmarket for the Group One Darley July Cup on Friday, July 9, after the 50/1 outsider clinched the runner-up berth in the Group One Golden Jubilee Stakes, a length and three quarters behind the victorious Starspangledbanner.
Trainer James Fanshawe said: “I’m really chuffed with him. I was a bit disappointed at Newbury last time but the race probably came a bit quick for him.
“He has a great turn-of-foot and likes that style of race - he has to be held up.
“He is in the July Cup and his owner, Simon Gibson, would love him to run there as he is local to Newmarket, but given that I ran him back too quick at Newbury, we will see how he is before making any decision.”
Carl O’Callaghan was delighted with the run of US raider Kinsale King and the trainer is now setting his sights on the Group One Darley July Cup at Newmarket next month for his Dubai Golden Shaheen hero.
The California-based Irishman saddled the 8/1 shot to clinch third, just over a length and three quarters behind the victor.
He said: “July, here we come! That will tighten him up a bit for Newmarket. We will take it one step at a time. I don’t like to run him back too close.
“We’re happy - third is a win for us. He ran a very good race against a good winner.”
Brett Doyle, who partnered the 13th home, Hong Kong raider Joy And Fun, revealed: “He seemed to go lame mid-race.”
Tye Angland, rider of 14th-placed Australian challenger Alverta, said: “She gave me a pretty nice ride but just ran out of puff.”
Jockey Darren Beadman, 22nd aboard Happy Zero, commented: “He was the first horse beaten, it was very uncharacteristic for him. I don’t know what happened and he pulled up okay after the race.”
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