Caravaggio puts unbeaten record on the line in Darley July Cup at Newmarket

Caravaggio in action. Picture: PA SPORT

Caravaggio in action. Picture: PA SPORT - Credit: PA

Caravaggio puts his unbeaten record and huge reputation on the line in what promises to be an intriguing renewal of the Darley July Cup at Newmarket tomorrow.

After blowing away the opposition in the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot, the three-year-old son of Scat Daddy, who is one of two runners for Aidan O’Brien alongside Intelligence Cross, will bid to make it seven wins from as many starts in the six-furlong Group One as he clashes with older horses for the first time.

O’Brien said: “He seems to be fine. He hasn’t done a lot since Ascot but seems to be in good form.

“We’ve been happy with him since.”

While stopping short of saying Harry Angel can reverse the form with Caravaggio having finished second behind him at Ascot, trainer Clive Cox believes there is still more to come from his dual Group Two scorer.


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Cox said: “I am delighted with him and he is in great nick. The ground should be ideal and we are very much looking forward to it. It was a tough race at Ascot, but I think we came out of that with the impression it was better than any race he had run in before.

“He is fresh and well and I have been relaxed about turning him out here since his run in the Commonwealth Cup.

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“I think with there only being 10 runners, I am relaxed about the draw. Hopefully it will be a fair and proper race that we can all show our best performances in.

“Adam Kirby knows the horse well and I will leave tactics to him as to what feels right on the day. He knows the horse well enough and I trust him implicitly.

“I am very pleased with his preparation and well-being since Ascot. I have got total respect for all the opposition. I still think very highly of our fellow and hopefully there is still more to come.”

James Fanshawe does not expect the nature of the track to be a problem for The Tin Man as he bids to claim a third top-level success and supplement his victory in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes.

Fanshawe said: “It’s by accident he’s never run at Newmarket before, it’s just the way things have turned out. He handles the Limekilns gallop here in Newmarket and that has a dip in it, so hopefully the track won’t be a problem.”

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