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July Cup: Shaquille stars as Rossa Ryan claims first Group 1 win at Newmarket


Rossa Ryan on Shaquille
Shaquille beforehand triumphed within the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot in June and was joint 5/2 favorite at Newmarket on Saturday

Joint favorite Shaquille recovered from a sluggish begin to energy to a July Cup win at Newmarket.

After bunny-hopping out of the gate, the Julie Camacho-trained colt – which received the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot in June – raced to the entrance of the pack with two furlongs to go.

Jockey Rossa Ryan claimed his first Group 1 win as Shaquille completed a size and a half forward of second-placed Run to Freedom (28/1).

“That was the run of my life,” he mentioned.

Kinross (4/1) was third whereas fellow 5/2 favorite Little Huge Bear resulted in eighth place.

“It felt like we weren’t even going that quick and I simply saved holding on to him,” Ryan added. “When he hit the hill he simply saved going.

“It is simply unimaginable to fill in, and he is a pleasure to work with.”

Camacho was equally thrilled to file one other win, after Shaquille’s outstanding rise over the season.

“It is a huge second,” she mentioned. “We’re a small yard within the North.

“It is pretty to have the ability to come down right here with a horse like him and present how good he’s.”

Shaquille started the season competing in handicap races however has since confirmed himself on the large stage, rising as one of many favourites within the dash class.

The three-year-old may subsequent compete within the Betfair Dash Cup at Haydock in September.

Earlier, Metropolis Of Troy was a massively spectacular winner of the Superlative Stakes and is now favorite for subsequent yr’s 2,000 Guineas and Derby.

Coach Aidan O’Brien mentioned the winner, ridden by Ryan Moore, had “unnatural potential” after taking victory by six and a half lengths from Haatem.

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