Sport Horse Racing

Friday 23 March 2018

Turner collects Dream victory in July Cup

Turner collects Dream victory in July CupTom Peacock

Hayley Turner landed her first Group One triumph when steering Dream Ahead to a magnificent success in the Darley July Cup at Newmarket.

David Simcock's stable star returned to his brilliant two-year-old form in sensational style to prove himself a top-class sprinter. The 7/1 chance produced a devastating turn of foot to hit the front inside the last 50 yards and win by half a length from Bated Breath (8/1) with Hitchens (28/1) in third.

After the success of Brae Hill in the Bunbury Cup, the field followed his example by going to the stands side. Libranno made the running before Bated Breath made his bid for glory as the field hit the rising ground, but Dream Ahead found an extra gear when switched out from the rail. Last season's joint champion juvenile put the race to bed in a matter of strides.

A delighted Turner, only the second woman to ride a Group One winner in Britain, the first being Alex Greaves on Ya Malak 14 years ago, said: "It's really fantastic. I haven't sat on the horse before so I can't take much credit. Obviously David has done a fantastic job and thanks to the owners for having me on board. Steve (Drowne's) horse (Bated Breath) started to hang right and caused a bit of interference, but it's always the case when you're on a horse that travels so well that he gets you out of trouble."

Irish-born trainer John Quinn might admit he has been undergoing a rebuilding process but he found a solid foundation stone through the Superlative Stakes winner Red Duke.

This Group Two event was a big question to ask of Red Duke (10/1) after landing a humble maiden at Redcar last month.

It looked set to be heading back to Richard Hannon's stable for the fourth time in recent years, but through Chandlery rather than the 11/4 favourite Fort Bastion. However, Kieren Fallon and Red Duke was a touch too strong for his rival.

At Ascot, Dick Turpin returned to winning ways in the Summer Mile Stakes. The Group Two was weakened by the withdrawal of Cityscape, but the Richard Hannon-trained Dick Turpin was surprisingly sent off at 2/1 behind 6/4 favourite Side Glance.

Pat Dobbs' mount was always moving easily off the slow pace set by Fareer, and the race was all over as a contest once he cruised to the front.

At home, Requinto made virtually all to run out a ready winner of the feature Listed race at Tipperary. Making amends for a disappointing display on his previous start, David Wachman's youngster looked a smart type as he pulled away from his four rivals in the Danehill Dancer Tipperary Stakes.

Wayne Lordan grabbed the near side rail as the field came over from the far side, and the 7/2 chance asserted his authority in the closing stages to win by three and a half lengths from An Ghalanta. British challenger Dam Beautiful, trained by Kevin Ryan, was a further length and a half way in third.

"He was good there," said Wachman. "He'll continue at stakes level. Five furlongs seems to be his trip."

Earlier on the card, the Aidan O'Brien-trained Furner's Green looked a horse with a very bright future when bolting up on his debut in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden.

The Dylan Thomas colt was nudged clear by the trainer's son Joseph under just minimal encouragement.

"He quickened up well and won very snugly at the end," said O'Brien jnr. "Dylan Thomas could be a good stallion."

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