Takao Watanabe's Agnes World, a Kentucky-bred son of Danzig, became the first Japanese-trained horse to win a group I race in Great Britain when he won Thursday's Darley July Cup (Eng-I) at Newmarket, England. Ridden by Japanese jockey Yutaka Take, Agnes World stalked the pace set by Primo Valentino and then dueled with Pipalong, who had assumed the lead, and Lincoln Dancer before taking over for the victory. In getting the six furlongs over good to soft turf in 1:13.18, Agnes World defeated Lincoln Dancer (by Turtle Island) by a short head, with Pipalong (Pips Pride) another short head back in third, 1 1/2 lengths in front of Primo Valentino.
Winner of the Prix de l'Abbaye de Longchamp (Fr-I) at Longchamp, France last year, Agnes World has won seven of 17 lifetime starts, with U.S. equivalent earnings in excess of $2.75 million. Bred by Calumet Farm, Agnes World was purchased by his owner for $1,050,000 at the 1996 Keeneland July selected yearling sale. A photograph of the Hideyuki Mori-trained colt is included in the catalog (between hips 83 and 84) for this year's Keeneland summer sale that begins Monday.