Sir Michael Stoute sent his lightly raced 4 year old, Arab Spring to Newmarket during the week. Following an impressive effort landing the Duke of Edinburgh stakes at Ascot last month, a first time attempt in group one company was earned. No one wanted to make the running, but Cavalryman unwillingly obliged, & led shortly after the gates. Moore seemed to be travelling well on Arab Spring just tracking the leader, but when asked to quicken up, there was no sparkle of the horse we saw last month. The rain had been falling all morning & got into the ground quicker than the going-change had been declared. This could have taken the sting from Arab Spring, but I don't think excuses can be made, given the gutsy front run from Cavalryman who boasts an impressive resume, including success in the Dubai Gold cup in 2013 & runner up in 2014. Stamina prevailed on the day, but a funny old race all in all with the veteran taking the prize for Saeed bin Suroor.
Saturday at Newmarket we had the Darley July Cup & another day littered with non-runners. Slade Power headed the betting at 7/4 on the back of a notable win at Ascot last month. Noozhoh Canarias was highly fancied with a bit of interest. On the back of his 6th in the 2000 guineas, looked to be open to improvement, which the market supported. A relatively open race that could have gone either way, but a late surge from Slade Power & the race was put to bed. No one could catch the favourite chased home by 66/1 Tropics & 12/1 Gregorian.