Slade powers to more sprint glory
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!"
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.
"It was a muddling, messy sort of race and it wasn't ideal for him.
"I've always spoke 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, which 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 thrilled with the effort of Tropics, said: "I'm absolutely over the moon. It doesn't get much better than this. It was a phenomenal run.
"The way this horse won his Group Three last year, there was so much more to come but the yard just took a long time to get going this year.
"We had a bug in the yard and one thing and another, but we've come through that and the horses have started to run a lot better.
"You've got to keep believing in them. You've got to keep getting up every morning and say 'there's more to come'.
"He's in the Haydock Sprint Cup and at the end of the year we might end up abroad somewhere."