One of the great images of 2020 was Roger Teal sprinting up the course at Newmarket to greet his Darley July Cup hero Oxted.
The trainer had every right to be euphoric after what was a first Group 1 win for him as well as his jockey, Cieren Fallon.
It also provided ample proof that Teal is more than capable of mixing it with the best when he has the right material. He would no doubt deflect some of the credit to his wife, Sue, and son, Harry, who help keep all the wheels in motion at their Lambourn base.Teal said: “I think I’m going to pass out. This has been the dream since the Portland [which Oxted had won the previous autumn] and it has come true. We had this race in mind straight after that and it is what we have targeted all year.
Huge win for @CierenFallonJr ?
Great ride to win his first Group 1 in the Darley July Cup Stakes with OXTED ??
— Champions Series (@ChampionsSeries) July 11, 2020
“We watched him do an explosive piece of work in the week, but we didn’t want to get ourselves too carried away as we have been here before and sometimes you set yourself up to fail, but this horse is amazing and it was brilliant.”
Steele Tango quickly advertised his prowess after he began training in 2007, while his Tip Two Win beat all bar Saxon Warrior in the QIPCO 2000 Guineas in 2018 at 50/1.
Teal enjoyed some great times as assistant to Phillip Mitchell before going out on his own in 2007, having previously ridden successfully as an amateur jockey across both codes.