Royal Ascot hero Eqtidaar on track for July Cup

Sir Michael Stoute ‘keen’ to head to Newmarket with Commonwealth Cup winner

  • Wednesday 04 July
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Eqtidaar is likely to attempt to follow up his Commonwealth Cup victory in the Darley July Cup at Newmarket on July 14.

Connections are keen for the Sir Michael Stoute-trained three-year-old to bid for top sprint honours against older horses following his win at Royal Ascot.

Angus Gold, racing manager to owner-breeder Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum, said: “I spoke to Sir Michael Stoute on Monday and he says Eqtidaar has come out of the Commonwealth Cup in good shape and he would be keen to run him in the Darley July Cup.

“I can’t say how he will handle the July Course, though I don’t foresee that he should be particularly hindered by the contours.

“How he will handle the probable fast ground is an interesting question – obviously we are still learning about this horse and he did handle soft ground well at Ascot earlier in the summer, but equally he won on faster ground at the Royal meeting so it is a bit of an unknown. We will just have to take what we are given.

“As for the trip, he obviously had the speed to win the Commonwealth Cup, though I have always felt he could stay further and until we know more about him I wouldn’t like to say for certain that six furlongs will be his optimum trip.

“The one thing jockey Jim Crowley said was that in his opinion the horse would improve and might well get faster with racing.”

Royal Ascot hero Eqtidaar on track for July Cup

Newmarket 14:15, 14 July 2018

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