Starman wins the Darley July Cup Stakes
Starman showed a blistering turn of foot to claim the Darley July Cup as a true sprinting star was born at Newmarket.
Always held in the highest regard by his trainer – who took the brave decision not to run in the Diamond Jubilee at Royal Ascot when the heavens opened – the Duke of York Stakes winner went off 9-2 here and looked like he had a bit to do over a furlong out.
But once meeting the highest ground, Marquand’s mount found overdrive to beat favourite Dragon Symbol and defending champion Oxted by a length and a quarter and a short head in this famous Group One sprint.
Art Power, who had blazed a trail on the far side, was just behind in fourth place.