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Red letter day at Newmarket for Hanagan, Fahey

Unfancied Mayson trounces rivals to win Darley July Cup at Newmarket

  • By Leslie Wilson Jr, Racing & Special Features Writer
  • Published: 00:00 July 15, 2012
  • Gulf News

Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum
  • Image Credit: WAM
  • His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, at the President of the UAE Cup races for purebred Arabians on Friday.

Dubai: Longshot Mayson absolutely blitzed his rivals to win the Group One Darley July Cup on Sunday, coming home by five lengths on heavy ground at Newmarket.

Richard Fahey’s star has now won three times at Newmarket this year, having previously scored at the Rowley Mile course at the start of the season.

The win provided Fahey and his former stable jockey Paul Hanagan with their first Group One success in Britain. The pair won their first Group One when Wootton Bassett landed the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere at Longchamp two years ago.

The Cheka, ridden by Jimmy Fortune, was a distant second, with Society Rock taking third under Ryan Moore.

Godolphin’s Sepoy, a prolific sprinter when based in Australia, finished down the field for Frankie Dettori in what was his first race in 469 days.

Fahey was delighted to win the prestigious July Cup. “This means a lot to me, and it’s fantastic news for everyone,” he said.

“He’s a really nice horse; when Paul asked him to go, he just took off.”

Earlier in the afternoon, Richard Hughes rode a well-judged race aboard Olympic Glory to repel Martin Lane’s Birdman for a deserved victory in the Group Two 32Red.com Superlative Stakes.

Both horses flashed past the line, with the judge giving Olympic Glory victory by a head from Birdman, while leading bookmakers responded by giving him odds of 20-1 for next year’s 2000 Guineas.

“I wasn’t sure about the ground, but he’s by Choisir, who is a good stallion, and they go on everything.” Hughes told Racing UK.

“He just missed a few days earlier in the week and blew up a bit in the last 100 yards. He had a problem with his foot, but he came back and we were lucky.”

Assistant trainer Richard Hannon Junior added: “He only just got the seven [furlongs] there, but it was a good effort, and you have to say that the Coventry form looks strong.

“I suppose you’d have to start thinking about the Dewhurst with him now and maybe the race at Goodwood King Torus won a couple of years ago [Vintage Stakes].”

This was the fourth win for the Hannon-Hughes partnership in the Superlative following King Torus (2010), Kings Point (2003) and Redback (2001).

Birdman’s trainer, David Simcock, said: “I’m delighted with the run. He just got a bit tapped for toe.

“There are plenty of races for him and he’ll be running over a mile by the end of the year.”

Meanwhile, jockey Brette Doyle, a former champion in the UAE and Hong Kong, won well-contested Casino Handicap with Ocean Tempest.

Doyle’s mount bravely held on for victory from the fast-finishing Fire Ship, ridden by apprentice Harry Bentley, while Jake’s Destiny was a close third for Pat Cosgrave.

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