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Wednesday, May 9, 2012




An amazing entry of 57 sprinters from across the globe has been received for the Group One Darley July Cup, run over six furlongs at Newmarket on Saturday, July 14, the third and final day of the Piper Heidsieck July Festival.

Boasting a prize fund of £400,000, the Darley July Cup is one of the most prestigious sprints staged in Europe and the third British leg of the Global Sprint Challenge. It also forms part of the QIPCO British Champions Series.

The 57 entries include representatives from Australia, Hong Kong, Bahrain and France, in addition to the very best from Britain and Ireland.

Star attraction among the three Australian entries is the outstanding mare Black Caviar, who has won all 20 of her starts in her homeland, with no less than 10 of those having come at Group One level. Two races ago she won the Group One Coolmore Lightning Stakes over five furlongs at Flemington on February 18 - the first event in the 2012 Global Sprint Challenge. The amazing unbeaten six-year-old, trained by Peter Moody and the second highest-rated horse in the world, is set to be based in Newmarket ahead of her assault on Royal Ascot and the Darley July Cup over the summer. The Australian challenge also includes the Group One winners Foxwedge and Ortensia.

Krypton Factor has proved to be a star for his Bahrain-based owner/trainer Fawzi Nass in Dubai this year, winning the Group Three Mahab Al Shimaal and the Group One Dubai Golden Shaheen, with both those victories coming over six furlongs on Tapeta at Meydan. The Dubai Golden Shaheen was the third Global Sprint Challenge race of 2012.

The four-year-old is set for a European campaign over the summer, which should hopefully include both Royal Ascot and the Darley July Cup. He is due to run at Kranji, Singapore, on Sunday, May 20, in the Group One KrisFlyer International, also part of the Global Sprint Challenge.

Oliver St Lawrence, racing manager to Fawzi Nass, commented: “Krypton Factor runs in Singapore on May 20 and he should land in England on May 24 with the intention of going on to the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Darley July Cup at Newmarket.

“He has been very well since his victory in Dubai. We eased off a bit but he wasn’t on the go from the end of Meydan last year to the start of Meydan this year so he has hardly had a strenuous time.

“He has improved this year because we have brought him back in trip and Fawzi Nass always knew that last year, but he had just turned three so we didn’t want to take on older horses. He had his prep run over eight furlongs this season and then once he was back at six he was pretty unbeatable.

“He had good form on turf for Sir Mark Prescott so you would like to think he could hold his own now he is switching from Tapeta and we will find that out in Singapore.

“We will take it race by race when he gets to England. He is a gelding so there doesn’t need to be stallion career mapped out for him.”

The latest French-trained winner of the Darley July Cup was Marchand D’Or in 2008, who was handled by Freddy Head.

Head has two potential challengers in 2012, the fillies Moonlight Cloud and Zantenda. The four-year-old Moonlight Cloud landed the Group One Prix Maurice de Gheest over an extended six furlongs at Deauville in August, while the three-year-old Zantenda was a high-class juvenile last season, ending the campaign by finishing third in the Group One Prix Marcel Boussac at Longchamp in October.

Head commented: “Moonlight Cloud is very well and the Darley July Cup could be a race for her. I am very happy and she will reappear in a seven-furlong race at Longchamp in early June. I can’t say she has improved, but sometimes from three to four they get a bit tougher.

“I was a bit disappointed with her at Ascot, but I think she could be better than what she showed there because prior to that she was very impressive in the Prix Maurice De Gheest.

“I am going to try sprinting with Zantenda and see if it is her thing. She will run at Longchamp (Prix de Saint-Georges) on Sunday over five furlongs and we will take it from there.”

The international entries for the Darley July Cup also include the Hong Kong superstar Joy And Fun, trained by Derek Cruz. The tough and consistent nine-year-old won the Group One Chairman's Sprint Prize at Sha Tin in February.


31 FOR betfred.com TEMPLE STAKES



The betfred.com Temple Stakes takes place at Haydock Park on Saturday, May 26, and 31 high-class entries are revealed today for the £80,000 contest. Run over five furlongs, the Group Two event is the first race in the sprint division of the QIPCO British Champions Series.

Last year’s contest was won by the Irish raider Sole Power and his trainer Edward Lynam revealed today that the five-year-old is highly likely to return to Haydock Park to defend his crown. The son of Kyllachy, who also won the Group One Nunthorpe Stakes at York in 2010, has been campaigned internationally on his four latest outings, finishing an excellent third to Tangerine Trees in the Group One Prix de l’Abbaye at Longchamp in October, while on his latest start he took the runner-up spot in the Group One Al Quoz Sprint at Meydan, Dubai, on March 31.

Lynam said: “Sole Power will run in the betfred.com Temple Stakes depending on how the weather goes in the next couple of weeks. The horse is in great form and we are preparing him for Haydock Park. If the ground is fast, we will be there.

“He has been in very good form. He got first-class treatment out in Dubai and travelled back fairly well. He did us proud out in Dubai and we were very happy with him. He ran very well last season too and has been second and third in two Group Ones since his victory in the betfred.com Temple Stakes last year. He is competing at the highest level all the time, so it’s hard, but he’s in great order and is running to his rating of 115 so we can’t ask much more of him.

“The five furlongs at Haydock Park suits him and as long as we don’t get the Irish weather over there he should be fine.

“His programme for this season is pretty simple with the three Group Ones in Europe - the King’s Stand Stakes, Nunthorpe Stakes and Prix de l’Abbaye - so we would like to have a crack at them.”

Among Sole Power’s potential rivals in the betfred.com Temple Stakes is his Prix de l’Abbaye conqueror, the Bryan Smart-trained Tangerine Trees. The seven-year-old was also successful in the Group Three Palace House Stakes at Newmarket in 2011 and Smart is eyeing the betfred.com Temple Stakes as the first target of 2012 for his stable star.

The North Yorkshire handler said: “Tangerine Trees will have his first outing of the season, all being well, in the betfred.com Temple Stakes.

“He has put on some condition over the winter and looks strong and fit so I’m very happy with him.

“His progress last season didn’t surprise us at all. We have always thought he was a group horse, even as a two-year-old, but he never did it. He has had the time to develop, the owners have been patient and it has proved them right.

“He is definitely up there with the best sprinters I have trained and he will be in all the big five-furlong races this season. We will have to see what the ground is like at Haydock Park, but he has handled all types of ground in the past.”

Other leading contenders include Bated Breath and Hoof It, who finished second and third respectively in the Group One Betfred Sprint Cup (the highest-rated sprint run in Europe during 2011) over six furlongs at Haydock Park in September behind last season’s champion European sprinter Dream Ahead.

Several of the entries for the betfred.com Temple Stakes lined up in the Group Three Pearl Bloodstock Palace House Stakes over five furlongs at Newmarket on May 5, when Mayson prevailed by three-quarters of a length from Definightly with Elusivity back in third.

Another exciting entry is Prohibit, who was a real star for his trainer Robert Cowell last season when winning the Group One King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot.

The betfred.com Temple Stakes is one of the first major sprints when the three-year-olds take on the older horses and the entries from the Classic generation include Bapak Chinta, trained by Kevin Ryan and successful in the five-furlong Group Two Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot last season, as well as the Ed Dunlop-trained Burwaaz, who ran numerous good races in Group company during 2011 and recent Bath winner Lethal Force who finished fourth in two Group Two races last year.

Five-day confirmations for the betfred.com Temple Stakes must be made on Monday, May 21, when there is also a £4,000 supplementary entry stage.

Haydock Park stages a seven-race card on Saturday, May 26. In addition to the betfred.com Temple Stakes, the card also includes the £60,000 Betfred Silver Bowl over a mile, one of the season’s richest three-year-old handicaps. Haydock Park also races on Thursday, May 24 and Friday, May 25.

There is also an exciting seven-race mixed card at Haydock Park this coming Saturday, May 12, which features the £55,000 Grade Three Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle over two miles and the £33,000 Listed Network Group Spring Trophy over seven furlongs on the Flat.


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