Brando on course for July Cup after fluent Hamilton success
6 Jun 2019
The Kevin Ryan Ryan-trained gelding got the better of Sands Of Mali and Donjuant Triumphant n Thursday.
Brando has been third and second in the past two runnings of the July Cup. Picture: Racingfotos.com
The way the race was structured meant it attracted three top-class sprinters, with Sands Of Mali, a winner at Ascot on QIPCO British Champions Day, and Donjuan Triumphant, third in the same race, also lining up.
Kevin Ryan’s Brando was fourth at Ascot, but had been a little disappointing last time out in the Duke of York Stakes.
It was obvious from halfway that Richard Fahey’s Sands Of Mali was struggling in the rain-softened ground, as Lomu took the field along.
Brando was always travelling sweetly for Tom Eaves and inside the final furlong it was between him and Donjuan Triumphant, with the 7-2 chance pulling a length and three-quarters clear as Sands Of Mali plugged on for third.
Ryan told Racing TV: “That was great, everything panned out well. He loves downhill tracks, I don’t know why, like the July Course and Rowley Mile at Newmarket.
“We didn’t enter him for Ascot this year so we weren’t tempted and it will be the July Cup next.
“He’s been a great horse and hopefully we’ll get another year out of him after this.”
Brando has been placed in the past two runnings of the Darley July Cup and, overall, has been placed in been placed in four Group 1 QIPCO British Champions Series sprints without managing to win one