Horse Racing

Darley July Cup 2014: Winner and Payout Results for Newmarket Race

NEWMARKET, ENGLAND - JULY 12:  Wayne Lordan riding Slade Power win The Darley July Cup at Newmarket racecourse on July 12, 2014 in Newmarket, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
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Stuart NewmanFeatured ColumnistJuly 12, 2014

Race favourite Slade Power lived up to his billing at the Darley July Cup at Newmarket on Saturday by slaying his race rivals in a convincing victory.

The five-year-old, trained by Eddie Lynam, was at home on the good-to-soft surface, winning in 1:12.40 over Tropics and Gregorian, as we see below:

Darley July Cup Results
PositionHorseTrainerJockeyPre-race Odds
1Slade PowerE LynamW M Lordan7-4
2TropicsD K IvoryR Winston66-1
3GregorianJ H GosdenW Buick12-1
4UndraftedW WardL Dettori25-1
5Cougar MountainA P O'BrienJ P O'Brien16-1
6Noozhoh CanariasE PenateC Soumillon9-2
7Hot StreakK A RyanJ P Spencer15-2
8MoviestaB SmartP Mulrennan40-1
9AljamaaheerR VarianP Hanagan8-1
10Jack DexterJ S GoldieG Lee25-1
11AstaireK A RyanR Hughes10-1
12Justice DayD R ElsworthS De Sousa25-1
13Rex ImperatorW J HaggasJ Crowley40-1
Channel 4 Racing

Priced at 7-4 before the race, Slade Power brought his Diamond Jubilee Stakes form to Newmarket, cementing his place in the elite of sprint horses with a phenomenal run.

Following the race, Champions Series summed up just how impressive Slade Power was, calling him “an undoubted champion”:

However, those that backed Slade Power may have been a little concerned moments prior to the race, as he appeared to be getting warm in the stalls.

It was nothing that concerned owner David Power though, who said that sweating up is normal for his impressive horse. Per SkySports, 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."

KILDARE, IRELAND - MAY 24:  Wayne Lordan riding Slade Power (2L) win The Weatherbys Ireland Greenlands Stakes at Curragh racecourse on May 24, 2014 in Kildare, Ireland. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
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Power clearly knows his horse very well, as when the race began at Newmarket, Slade Power never looked like he'd be finishing anywhere but first.

He came out of the stalls perfectly despite his warmth in the far-side group, biding his time before taking the lead with six furlongs to go and crossing the line a length-and-a-half clear of Tropics.

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 21:  Jockey Wayne Lordan riding Slade Power wins the Diamond Jubilee Stakes during day five of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 21, 2014 in Ascot, England.  (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)
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Tropics, under jockey Robert Winston came into the race as the outsider, priced up at 66-1, but produced a superb ride to take the runner-up spot.

Wesley Ward’s Undrafted (25-1) also performed well to come in fourth, but the day belonged to Slade Power—as horse racing publisher Ray Paulick remarked upon:

The Powers will take home the winner's prize of £289,221, but the top four racers all came out a lot wealthier:

Prize Fund
PlaceHorsePrize
1Slade Power£289,221
2Tropics£109,650
3Gregorian£54,876
4Undrafted£27,336
Sky Sports

Retirement appears just around the corner for Slade Power, though based on this form, he’s almost certain to go out with a bang.

The VRC Sprint at Flemington in November may well see Slade Power take his final bow, but for now, the Powers and Lynam can just savour the winning moment while it lasts.

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