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Rocket Man & 4 Aust Entries For UK Gr1 July Cup
Meanwhile in the UK, Singapore's star Australian-bred 5YO gelding Rocket Man (Viscount-Macrosa, by McGinty) & 4 other Australian-trained sprinters are among the 57 entries received for the £400,000 (A$620,0000) Gr1 July Cup (6 furlongs) at Newmarket on July 9. The race (won last year by Australian-bred Starspangledbanner) is 1 of the 3 British legs of the 2011 Global Sprint Challenge (with the Gr1 King's Stand Stakes & Gr1 Golden Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot). Rocket Man (a $60,000 yearling consigned by Tyreel Stud at the 2007 Magic Millions National Sale on the Gold Coast) has attained a Timeform rating of 130 (to make him currently the 2nd highest-rated sprinter in the world, behind only unbeaten Australian mare Black Caviar on 135) following his scintillating 5-lengths victory in last weekend's Singapore Gr1 Lion City Cup (1200m) at Kranji (to take the race for the 3rd successive year). The 4 Australian-trained entries are:
- Danny O'Brien-trained dual Gr1-winning 3YO colt Star Witness (Starcraft-Leone Chiara, by Lion Hunter) who is due to begin stallion duties at Widden Stud later in the year; Star Witness (a $150,000 yearling consigned by Almavale Bloodstock at the 2009 Magic Millions January Sale on the Gold Coast) currently boasts 4 wins & 3 placings from 10 starts for $1,202,200 earnings.
- David Hayes-trained Gr1-winning 5YO gelding Eagle Falls (Hussonet-Desina, by Desert King); Eagle Falls (a $170,000 yearling consigned by Corumbene Stud at the 2007 Magic Millions Premier Sale on the Gold Coast) boasts 7 wins & 3 placings from 22 starts for $997,883 earnings.
- Peter Moody-trained Gr3-winning & triple Gr1-placed 3YO colt Hinchinbrook (Fastnet Rock-Snippets' Lass, by Snippets); Hinchinbrook (a 3/4-brother to Gr1-winning Arrowfield Stud stallion Snitzel) boasts 2 wins & 7 placings from 14 starts for $590,300 earnings.
- Mark Kavanagh-trained Gr2-winning & Gr1-placed 3YO colt Shrapnel (Charge Forward-Fragmentation, by Snippets); Shrapnel (a $450,000 yearling consigned by Highgrove Stud at the 2009 Inglis Easter Sale in Sydney) boasts 3 wins & 2 placings from 7 starts for $288,435 earnings.