GUAV

News Sports

Darley July Cup: Archie Watson’s stable stars Glen Shiel and Dragon Symbol all set for Newmarket clash

2 min read
Advertisement

Trainer Archie Watson finding it hard to split Saturday’s Darley July Cup duo, Dragon Symbol and Glen Shiel; Oisin Murphy and Hollie Doyle booked to ride, respectively; both horses finished second at Royal Ascot

Hollie Doyle will be reunited with Glen Shiel at Royal Ascot next week

Archie Watson is struggling to split his two runners in the Darley July Cup as the three-year-old Dragon Symbol clashes with stablemate Glen Shiel for the first time.

Dragon Symbol was involved in a controversial finish at Royal Ascot when he was first past the post in the Commonwealth Cup only to lose the race in the stewards’ room to Campanelle.

Glen Shiel was also second at Ascot in the Diamond Jubilee, a return to the form which saw him win there on Champions Day last season.

    Art Power bids to take a turn at top of sprint divisionReturning champion Oxted tops July Cup entries

Get racing news on your phone

Get racing news on your phone

Never miss a story with all the latest racing news, interviews and features on your phone. Find out more

“I think we know where we are at with Glen Shiel, because he can win these Group Ones and he is consistent at his level, which is more than enough to win a July Cup under the right circumstances,” said Lambourn trainer Watson, looking forward to Saturday’s Group One showpiece at Newmarket.

Advertisement
Advertisement

“I would say with Dragon Symbol, we don’t really know where his peak is yet. I’d say they ran similar races on the figures at Ascot, and it wouldn’t surprise me to see either horse finish in front of the other because they are both high-class sprinters.

Follow Sky Sports Racing on Twitter

Follow Sky Sports Racing on Twitter

See the latest horse racing news, interviews and features from Sky Sports Racing

“It is an incredibly strong race, though – you have all the strands of form coming together. You have got Oxted coming back up from five furlongs; you have got Dragon Symbol from the Commonwealth Cup, Rohaan from the Wokingham and Glen Shiel and Starman.

“It is probably the most competitive race of the season so far – and it is great to be involved. I would love to win the race, and we go there with two good chances.”

Source

Advertisement

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *