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Mayson - with P Hanagan wins July Cup at Newmarket 14-7-12

Mayson: becomes the seventh individual Group 1 winner by Invincible Spirit

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July Cup (Group 1) Newmarket 6f

Winner: Mayson

4yo b c Invincible Spirit - Mayleaf (Pivotal)

IRISH National Stud flagship sire Invincible Spirit got his seventh individual Group 1 winner on the board when Mayson streaked clear of his rivals in the July Cup.

The Cheka (Xaar) got nearest to Mayson but was five lengths away in second, with Society Rock (Rock Of Gibraltar) in third.

Mayson is Invincible Spirit's second winner of the July Cup after flying filly Fleeting Spirit. The stallion's roll-call of Group 1 winners is completed by Hooray (Cheveley Park Stakes), Lawman (Prix du Jockey Club, Prix Jean Prat), Moonlight Cloud (Prix Maurice de Gheest), Vale Of York (Breeders' Cup Juvenile) and Yosei (Sires' Produce Stakes, Schweppes 1,000 Guineas).

Mayson was bred by his owner David Armstrong and is the only foal out of the unraced Pivotal mare Mayleaf, who died after contracting cancer when she was back in foal to Invincible Spirit and Mayson was a foal.

Mayleaf was a half-sister to Ripon Champion Two-Year-Old Trophy winner Bathwick Bear and Molecomb Stakes third Folio, out of the Listed-placed Efisio mare Bayleaf.

Mayleaf becomes the first Group 1 winner produced by a daughter of Cheveley Park Stud stalwart Pivotal, who is also damsire of Fire Lily and Main Sequence.

Grand Prix de Paris (Group 1, 3yos) Longchamp 1m4f

Winner: Imperial Monarch

b c Galileo - Ionian Sea (Slip Anchor)

COOLMORE supersire Galileo was represented by his 29th Group 1 winner when Imperial Monarch landed the Grand Prix de Paris at Longchamp.

Imperial Monarch is Galileo's seventh top-flight scorer of the year after Frankel, Golden Lilac, Igugu, Nathaniel, Niwot and Was.

Bred by David Magnier and Cobra Bloodstock, Imperial Monarch gave his dam, the Listed-winning Slip Anchor mare Ionian Sea, a first Group 1 winner after having gone close with three other foals.

He is a brother to Derby runner-up The Great Gatsby, Yorkshire Oaks third Roman Empress and Racing Post Trophy third Magritte, all three by Sadler's Wells.

Ionian Sea is also the dam of Mount Athos (Montjeu), the impressive winner of the Listed John Smith's Silver Cup at York on Saturday.

All of Ionian Sea's best foals are the result of her visiting Sadler's Wells or his sons Galileo and Montjeu.

Ionian Sea's half-brothers Blue Stag and Oscar also went close to winning Group 1s, the former finishing second in the Derby and the latter filling the same position in the Prix du Jockey Club.

Imperial Monarch was knocked down to Kern/Lillingston for 210,000gns at Book 1 of the 2010 Tattersalls October yearling sale.

Superlative Stakes (Group 2, 2yos) Newmarket 7f

Winner: Olympic Glory

b c Choisir - Acidanthera (Alzao)

A GOOD result for Coolmore stalwart Danehill Dancer, who was represented in the Superlative Stakes as the grandsire of the winner Olympic Glory and as the sire of the fast-finishing runner-up Birdman.

Olympic Glory is by Australian-bred Choisir, who scored a famous Royal Ascot double in the King's Stand and Golden Jubilee Stakes in 2003 and who shuttled between Coolmore's bases in Australia and Tipperary until last year, when he didn't make the return trip to Ireland.

Choisir is best known as the sire of another successful Australian raider on Europe's top sprints, Starspangledbanner, and is a consistent source of Group winners in the northern hemisphere - Challenge Stakes winner Stimulation and last season's Vintage Stakes scorer Chandlery are among his others.

Olympic Glory was bred by Denis McDonnell out of the Alzao mare Acidanthera, a 7f maiden winner at three. The colt is his dam's first stakes performer but he is a half-brother to the fair handicappers Mister Dee Bee and He's A Humbug.

Acidanthera's granddam Amaranda won the Queen Mary Stakes and finished second in the Flying Childers Stakes, Molecomb Stakes and Nell Gwyn Stakes.

Olympic Glory is trained by Richard Hannon and it was his regular talent scouts Peter and Ross Doyle who bought the colt for £65,000 at last year's DBS Premier Yearling Sale.

Prix Maurice de Nieuil (Group 2 4yo+), Longchamp 1m6f

Winner: Tac De Boistron

5yo gr g Take Risks - Pondiki (Sicyos)

TAC DE BOISTRON just touched off favourite Vadamar (Dalakhani) to win this Longchamp staying event.

The winner is by Take Risks, a son of Highest Honor who won three Group 3 contests over 1m, all on soft, for Jean Lesbordes and David Tsui in 1992 and 1993.

Many of Take Risks' best Flat performers, including Group winners Blushing Risk, My Risk and Tac De Boistron, have excelled on soft going.

This season's Group 3 La Coupe winner No Risk At All, a son of My Risk, is another confirmed mudlark.

British and Irish racegoers may be better acquainted with Take Risks' top jumping progeny, including Takeroc, Take The Breeze and Walkon.

Tac De Boistron was bred by Mme J-P Reverseau out of the Sicyos mare Pondiki, a winner on the Flat and over hurdles who has also produced the useful Ferdy Murphy-trained chaser De Boitron.

Hackwood Stakes (Group 3) Newbury 6f

Winner: Soul

5yo b g Commands - Marvilha (Night Shift)

SOUL impressed as a sprinter of serious potential with a four-length romp in the Hackwood Stakes.

The son of Commands becomes the seventh individual Group-winning sprinter in Britain since Choisir broke new ground for Aussies with his Royal Ascot double in 2003.

Between Choisir and Soul, their compatriots Black Caviar, Starspangledbanner, Scenic Blast, Miss Andretti and Takeover Target also plundered Britain's top sprints.

Commands was a top performer over 6f-1m in Australia. The son of Danehill formerly shuttled between Woodlands Stud in Australia and Darley Japan. He also spent a season at the Haras du Quesney in France.

Commands' best performers include the Group 1 winners Erewhon, Paratroopers, Skilled and Undue.

Soul was bred by Woodlands Stud out of the Night Shift mare Marvilha, a half-sister to Group 1 winner and Darley Australia sire Lonhro.





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