- Horse Racing
Mayson motors through the mud to July glory
Mayson scored his third victory of the season at Newmarket as he powered to victory in the Darley July Cup.
With long-standing favourite Bated Breath a non-runner due to the conditions, Mayson took his chance as trainer Richard Fahey and jockey Paul Hanagan bagged their first Group One success in England.
The four-year-old had disappointed on his last two starts, but rediscovered his form on his return to Newmarket with a dominant performance on the soft ground, galloping clear to claim an impressive win by five lengths from The Cheka, with favourite Society Rock third.
Bonnie Brae took advantage of the soft ground to win the Bunbury Cup in heavy rain. Taking the lead inside the final two furlongs, David Elsworth's mare finished strongly to beat Captain Bertie by two lengths, with Captain Ramius in third.
Olympic Glory fended off a late charge from Birdman to win the Superlative Stakes, while Ocean Tempest claimed a narrow victory in the 32 Red Casino Handicap.
Meanwhile at York, King's Warrior claimed a shock win in the John Smith's Cup after favourite Mijhaar lost momentum after clipping heels two furlongs out. With the race still in the balance , the 33-1 shot made his move to finish four-and-a-half lengths clear of Mid Mon Lady with Media Hype third.
Kieren Fallon enjoyed double success at York as he steered Mount Athos to victory in the John Smith's Silver Cup. The Luca Cumani-trained five-year-old showed an impressive turn of pace a furlong out to win by an impressive four lengths from Lyric Street, with High Jinx third.
Earlier, Fallon had ridden Angeriego as the local syndicate Ebor Racing Club celebrated their first winner in the John Smith's Racing Handicap.
Hamish McGonagall showed impressive pace to power to victory in the John Smith's City Wall Stakes. Under the guidance of David Allan, the five-year-old breezed to the fourth victory of his career from Pabusar.
Trainer Tim Easterby also enjoyed victory at Newbury as Body And Soul won the Weatherbys Super Sprint. Satsuma looked likely of posing a threat on the other side of the track, but the 9-2 favourite held on to claim the big prize by a neck with Momalorka third.
And in the Grand Prix de Paris, Imperial Monarch held on from Last Train on a day when Main Sequence endured a horror ride.