Sole Power in July Cup mix
Published 06/07/2015 | 13:46
Eddie Lynam won last year's Darley July Cup with Slade Power and the County Meath trainer could fire a formidable twin assault in a bid to take the prize back to Ireland once more, with multiple Group One winner Sole Power joined by younger stable companion Anthem Alexander.
Sole Power wasn't quite at his sparkling best when fifth in the King's Stand Stakes at the Royal meeting last month but was a brilliant winner at the Dubai Carnival as recently as March and ran well in this race in 2013.
The three-year-old Anthem Alexander could take on older horses for the first time having finished third in the Commonwealth Cup last month following an impressive reappearance success in Group Three company at Naas.
The other two possible challengers from Ireland are Aidan O'Brien's Due Diligence and Evanna McCutcheon's stable star Maarek.
Chris Waller has his eyes set on July Cup glory after watching Brazen Beau go through his paces in Newmarket on Monday morning.
The Australian trainer was on hand as his Diamond Jubilee Stakes runner-up worked under big-race jockey James Doyle on the July Course ahead of Saturday's feature event.
The three-year-old, who is a dual Group One winner in Australia, was beaten just half a length by Undrafted at Royal Ascot and Waller believes that with a fair draw and some racing luck, Brazen Beau is more than capable of landing the weekend's six-furlong prize.
He said: "I was happy with that. It was pretty standard work for him, we just let him quicken up over the last 400 metres.
"It was really just maintenance work. We don't need to improve him, we have just got to keep him happy and keep the speed in him. James seemed happy with him.
"He seems very well and his run at Ascot was very good and what I saw this morning, I was happy with what he achieved. The track here has more undulations than at Ascot so it is good for him to have a go on it.
"It's a privilege being in here in England and we have been well looked after. It was great to get a taste of the action at Ascot but a success would be so much sweeter.
"We know we've got the horse good enough he just needs a good draw and luck in running. If he gets that, I'm sure he will be there at the finish."
Doyle will be teaming up with Brazen Beau for the first time in the July Cup as the colt now runs in the blue of Godolphin.
The rider partnered Waller's runner in a spin at the track last week and while he has plenty of faith in his mount, he is aware of the threat posed by Commonwealth Cup hero Muhaarar.
He said: "We did a little bit more than last week and he was great.
"Obviously we respect Muhaarar as that was a freakish run at Ascot.
"Brazen Beau should be fine on the track as he had a feel of it last week and has now had a second spin on it so that should be no problem to him."
In all, 17 sprinters have been confirmed for Saturday's feature event with Muhaarar's owner Hamdan Al Maktoum also represented by Muthmir who has been left in by trainer William Haggas following his narrow defeat in the King's Stand Stakes.
Sprint Cup hero G Force needs to bounce back from a disappointing run in the King's Stand for David O'Meara.
"G Force looks well. He's been to Ascot twice now and run the worst two races of his career, so we're putting it down to that," said the trainer.
"Mustajeeb isn't running, obviously Brazen Beau looked good at Ascot but after that you've got the likes of Tropics, who we've beaten a few times."
Tropics was runner-up 12 months ago and is back for more for Dean Ivory, as is his stable companion Lancelot Du Lac.
Other horses in the mix include Astaire, Danzeno and Mattmu.