Eddie Lynam is keen to give Slade Power the chance to stamp himself the world’s best sprinter in Australia later this year after he continued his fantastic summer with a brilliant display in the Darley July Cup at Newmarket on Saturday.
The five-year-old has had to live in the shadow of his multiple Group One-winning stable companion Sole Power for the past couple of years, but has come of age this season to become the dominant force in the six-furlong division.
The two were due to go head-to-head on the July course, but with fellow Royal Ascot winner Sole Power a late withdrawal on account of the ground, Slade Power was the heavily-supported 7-4 favourite to secure his second top-level triumph following his Diamond Jubilee victory in Berkshire last month.
Given a nice lead into the race by Spanish raider Noozhoh Canarias on the far side of the track, Wayne Lordan’s mount was ridden to lead entering the final furlong and was well on top as he passed the post a length and a half clear.
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.
Haydock’s Betfred Sprint Cup on September 6 looks likely to be Slade Power’s final appearance in Europe before he is prepared for his trip Down Under, where he will bring down the curtain on his racing career before taking up stallion duties.
Lynam said: “Stupidly I watched the race on the inside of the track and I couldn’t see anything. They were all just running up in a blur, but I knew he was up in the front of the pack and I’m delighted with the result.
“I’ve always spoken of him very highly and thought he was very good. I’m looking forward to taking him to Melbourne. The last race of his career will be in the VRC Sprint in Melbourne in November.
“I think today he’s proved he’s the best sprinter in Europe and the obvious step now is to try and make him the best sprinter in the world. What better place to go than Australia and try to beat them on their own patch? It won’t be easy, but we’ll give it a go.
“Ideally, we’ve about eight weeks between now and Haydock and then eight weeks between Haydock and the VRC Sprint.
“Haydock is a maybe, nothing else.”
Ivory was rightly thrilled with the effort of Tropics. He said: “I’m absolutely over the moon. It was a phenomenal run.
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