Race favourite Slade Power lived up to his billing at the Darley July Cup at Newmarket on Saturday by slaying his race rivals in a convincing victory.
The five-year-old, trained by Eddie Lynam, was at home on the good-to-soft surface, winning in 1:12.40 over Tropics and Gregorian, as we see below:
|1||Slade Power||E Lynam||W M Lordan||7-4|
|2||Tropics||D K Ivory||R Winston||66-1|
|3||Gregorian||J H Gosden||W Buick||12-1|
|4||Undrafted||W Ward||L Dettori||25-1|
|5||Cougar Mountain||A P O'Brien||J P O'Brien||16-1|
|6||Noozhoh Canarias||E Penate||C Soumillon||9-2|
|7||Hot Streak||K A Ryan||J P Spencer||15-2|
|8||Moviesta||B Smart||P Mulrennan||40-1|
|9||Aljamaaheer||R Varian||P Hanagan||8-1|
|10||Jack Dexter||J S Goldie||G Lee||25-1|
|11||Astaire||K A Ryan||R Hughes||10-1|
|12||Justice Day||D R Elsworth||S De Sousa||25-1|
|13||Rex Imperator||W J Haggas||J Crowley||40-1|
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Priced at 7-4 before the race, Slade Power brought his Diamond Jubilee Stakes form to Newmarket, cementing his place in the elite of sprint horses with a phenomenal run.
Following the race, Champions Series summed up just how impressive Slade Power was, calling him “an undoubted champion”:
However, those that backed Slade Power may have been a little concerned moments prior to the race, as he appeared to be getting warm in the stalls.
It was nothing that concerned owner David Power though, who said that sweating up is normal for his impressive horse. Per SkySports, Power said, "We always said this horse needed time and this was always going to be his year. That (sweating) was never a concern. It would be a concern if he didn't sweat up. It's part of his nature."
Power clearly knows his horse very well, as when the race began at Newmarket, Slade Power never looked like he'd be finishing anywhere but first.
He came out of the stalls perfectly despite his warmth in the far-side group, biding his time before taking the lead with six furlongs to go and crossing the line a length-and-a-half clear of Tropics.
Tropics, under jockey Robert Winston came into the race as the outsider, priced up at 66-1, but produced a superb ride to take the runner-up spot.
Wesley Ward’s Undrafted (25-1) also performed well to come in fourth, but the day belonged to Slade Power—as horse racing publisher Ray Paulick remarked upon:
Slade Power just too good. Favorite takes G1 July Cup at Newmarket for trainer Edward Lynam. Undrafted a respectable 4th for Wesley Ward— Ray Paulick (@raypaulick) July 12, 2014
The Powers will take home the winner's prize of £289,221, but the top four racers all came out a lot wealthier:
Retirement appears just around the corner for Slade Power, though based on this form, he’s almost certain to go out with a bang.
The VRC Sprint at Flemington in November may well see Slade Power take his final bow, but for now, the Powers and Lynam can just savour the winning moment while it lasts.