July Cup Next Up for Ascot Hero Choisir
Updated: Thursday, June 26, 2003 11:58 AM
Posted: Thursday, June 26, 2003 9:08 AM
Prize money for the July meeting at Newmarket will hit the £1 million mark for the first time for the first time this year. The meet, which runs from July 8 through July 10, may also include the return of Royal Ascot hero Choisir in the Darley July Cup (Eng-I).
Lisa Hancock, Managing Director of Newmarket Racecourses, commented: "Top-class racing at the July Meeting alongside the new July Fair and Tattersalls Sales will combine over these three days to make Newmarket the place to visit in the second week of July."
The Darley July Cup, Europe's premier sprint, will be ran on closing day. The amazing Australian speedster Choisir will look to add to his laurels after making history at Royal Ascot last week by landing the Group II King's Stand Stakes and four days later adding the Group I Golden Jubilee Stakes. He is likely to renew his rivalry with Henry Candy's star filly Airwave, who chased him home in the latter race at Royal Ascot, and won the Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket last season.
In the 26 years since the International Classifications were introduced, on no less than 20 occasions has the Darley July Cup winner gone on to be crowned champion sprinter in Europe, a clear pointer to the stature of this great race.
A brace of Group II events take center stage on opening day, including the £70,000 Chippenham Lodge Stud Cherry Hinton Stakes over six furlongs, one of the leading contests for two-year-old fillies. Several fillies who have gone on to Classic success in their three-year-old careers have landed this event, including Sagitta 1000 Guineas heroine Sayyedati in 1992 and Vodafone Oaks winner Diminuendo in 1987.
The feature race is the £100,000 Princess of Wales's Equestrian and Racing Federation Stakes over 1 1/2 miles. This contest for three-year-olds and upwards has attracted a great entry of 38 leading middle-distance performers. Godolphin has 10 possibles, including Sulamani, while Nayef and High Accolade are among the other entries.
Taking center stage on Wednesday are two further Group II events, the first of these being the £70,000 TNT July Stakes over six furlongs for two-year-old colts and geldings. Wednesday will also see some top-class fillies in action in the most valuable race of the day, the £100,000 Falmouth Stakes.
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