Slade Power the undisputed sprint king of Europe after July Cup success
Published 12/07/2014 | 16:08
Slade Power successfully followed up his Royal Ascot triumph with a dominant display in the Darley July Cup at Newmarket.
Eddie Lynam's five-year-old was a heavily-supported 7-4 favourite following his maiden Group One victory in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes last month and although he got warm before the off, it clearly had no effect on his performance.
Racing in the far-side group and given a nice lead by Spanish challenger Noozhoh Canarias, Slade Power was ridden to lead entering the last of the six furlongs and was well on top as he passed the post a length and a half clear under Wayne Lordan.
Tropics, a 66-1 outsider, ran a massive race to fill the runner-up spot for Dean Ivory, with the John Gosden-trained Gregorian finishing strongly to grab third ahead of American runner Undrafted.
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.
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."
Sabena said: "I was disappointed when Sole didn't run, but I think Slade will give him an awful time when he gets home!
"We're terribly lucky."
The owners are the parents of leading bookmaker Paddy Power, who made a match bet of £5,000 with Undrafted's owner, Wes Welker, a leading American Football player, earlier this week.
But Power revealed: "Because Sole Power didn't run, we're both going to give £5,000 to the Injured Jockeys Fund.
"That will be another picture of the grandkids off the wall at mum and dad's house!"
Lordan said: "He's really stepped forward this year and it's great to get a second Group One. He's a really good horse.
"He's not keen but he travels well in your hands. You can ride him just behind the pace.
"Just going down into the dip I said I'd go forward and get a bit of momentum to get up the hill, but he finished out the race well.
"He goes on any ground, which is a plus for me.
"I'm delighted for the Eddie and the Powers. It all worked out on the day."