Del boy leads July charge

ANTE-POST favourite Delegator will face 16 rivals in pursuit of victory in the Darley July Cup at Newmarket tomorrow.

Saeed bin Suroor’s Duke Of York Stakes winner was a late withdrawal from the Golden Jubilee at Royal Ascot due to the rain-softened ground, but the former top miler is all set to bid for a first Group One success this weekend.

A number of those who did contest the Golden Jubilee are turned out again, including Danny O’Brien’s Australian speedball Star Witness.

The chestnut was second in the King’s Stand before placing third in the Jubilee just four days later.

Successful 12 months ago with Starspangledbanner, Aidan O’Brien will this year be represented by Irish 2,000 Guineas third Oracle.

The Danehill Dancer colt followed up his fine Curragh effort behind stablemate Roderic O’Connor when beaten less than two lengths into fourth in the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot.

O’Brien’s wife Anne-Marie said on Twitter: “Oracle will run in the July Cup in Newmarket on Saturday, Colm O’Donoghue takes the ride.”

- CLASSY mare Crystal Capella showed the boys the way home with a brilliant display in the Princess of Wales’s Stakes at Newmarket.

Redwood, the 2-1 favourite, had most of his rivals cooked heading towards the final furlong, but Ryan Moore soon eased alongside aboard the 4-1 winner.

The former, trained by Barry Hills, tried to keep tabs on his rival, but Sir Michael Stoute’s Crystal Capella had far too many guns and pulled right away to score by eight lengths.

Buthelezi cut out much of the running in the mile-and-a-half Group Two but as he faded, Redwood moved up stylishly on his first start since finishing second to Rewilding in the Dubai Sheema Classic at Meydan in March.

Crystal Capella came into the race as a three-time Group-race winner and although she had something to prove, having failed to fire on her first start of the year at Haydock, she is clearly right back to her best.

Stoute said of the six-year-old: ``She's a good filly, but after she beat Dar Re Mi at York in 2009 (Middleton Stakes) she popped a splint which kept on getting bigger.

“She did the same thing last year, so it’s pretty sporting the owners kept her in training.

“When she’s spot-on, she’s a very good filly. The Yorkshire Oaks now springs to mind, but we’ll see.”

- HAYLEY Turner walked away unscathed after a freak accident in Newmarket yesterday morning in which the unraced filly Jessica Ennis suffered serious injuries.

Turner was riding the Michael Bell-trained filly ahead of her planned debut on Saturday when the two-year-old panicked in the stalls during routine schooling, getting loose before running on to the road, where she was hit by a car.

Jessica Ennis is part-owned by the World and European heptathlon champion of the same name.

Harry Herbert, managing director of owners Highclere Thoroughbred Racing, said: “This is a horrific, freak accident and we are desperately concerned for the filly’s well-being. At this early stage we do not know exactly what the prognosis is but she is in very capable hands.”

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