Slade shows his Power at Newmarket
Slade Power followed up his impressive win in the Diamond Jubilee at Royal Ascot with another authoritative success in the Darley July Cup at Newmarket.
Ed Lynam’s colt was a heavily backed 7/4 favourite despite getting notably warm in the preliminaries.
The depleted field of 13 split into two groups with Astaire making the pace on near side while the Spanish raider Noozoh Canarias gave Slade Power a nice lead and was ridden out to a length and a half victory under Wayne Lordan.
Tropics ran a blinder to finish second for Dean Ivory at 66/1 while Gregorian fared best of those who raced on the near side to finish a respectable third at 12/1.
Winning Owner David 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.”
Lynam and the owners David and Sabena Power were due to be double-handed in the race but Slade Power’s fellow Ascot hero Sole Power, winner of the King’s Stand, was taken out due to the ground.
“He has really stepped forward this year – it’s great to win a second Group 1,” beamed winning jockey Wayne Lordan.
He added: “He travels well in your hands without being free and you can ride him behind the pace. I just had one look across at the other group and we weren’t too far behind and I just hoped the horse in front of me would take me there. He finished out the race well and I’m delighted for [trainer] Eddie Lynam and the horse.”
Sean Jackson 12/07/14
Photo Steve Parsons/PA Wire
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