THE mud-loving Mayson (20-1 ) ran away with the Group 1 July Cup at Newmarket on Saturday for Richard Fahey and Paul Hanagan beating The Cheka by five lengths with the well backed 7-2 favourite Society Rock held back in third.
“It’s a big weight off my shoulders to win this,’’ said Hanagan. “I have been champion jockey and it is nice to get up there and win top races like this.
“Richard Fahey said: “I thought 20-1 was a total joke as he’s a Group 3 winner and there were handicappers shorter in the betting than him.”
Bookmakers William Hill go 7-1 about Mayson for the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes at York in August. Bated Breath a non-runner due to the ground in the July Cup at Newmarket on Saturday is the 5-1 favourite.
Body And Soul (9-2 favourite) won the Weatherbys Super Sprint at Newbury for Tim Easterby in the style of a top two-year-old and next on the agenda is the DBS sales race at York.
News this week from Newmarket, Henry Cecil will train Beauty Parlour for the Wildenstein family.
My notepad horse for this week has to be Garswood who finished third to the very smart Blaine in the Maiden Stakes at York on Saturday.
Richard Fahey’s Dutch Art colt was the buzz horse all morning going off a well backed 9/4 favourite. There was plenty of promise in the run and he will clearly not be long in winning, he does hold a Gimcrack entry one to keep a very close eye on.
Next year’s anti-post Derby favourite Mars made a winning debut at Dundalk all-weather card on Monday in the Irish Stallion Farmer European Breeders Fund Maiden over 7f ,Aiden O’Brien’s Galileo colt was sent off a red hot 4/7 favourite and won with plenty in hand and now trades at 12/1 from 16/1 with Stan James for Epsom next year.
He broke well from the stalls and was soon dictating the race from the front.
The winning jockey Joseph O’Brien told the Irish press: “He settled well but was still very green and will come on for the run.”
Paddy Power go 16/1 about Mars for the Qipco 2,000 Guineas behind the 8/1 favourite Dawn Approach.
I will be backing Sea Moon ( 3/1 ) on Saturday in the £1million King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot.
His trainer Sir Michael Stoute reported this week in the Racing Post: “His Hardwick win at Ascot was a very pleasing and he is in good shape at home.”
Bonnie Brae ( 9/1 ) looks worth a E/W bet in the Betfair International Stakes at Ascot.
Princess Highway ( 9/4 ) will go very close at the Curragh on Sunday in the Darly Irish Oaks.