Britain’s win leader, Luke Morris, will be given the reigns to Mongolian Saturday for the Darley July Cup (Eng-I), which will take place at Newmarket on July 9th. The U.S.-trained Mongolian Saturday, who won the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT) is trained by Mongolian Native Enebish Ganbat in America.
The July Cup is six-furlongs in length and is the fourth leg in a seven leg series part of the Sprint category for the QIPCO British Champions Series. It’s also one of ten races part of the Global Sprint Challenge.
Mongolian Saturday exercised on European soil earlier today and Ganbat mentioned how he had to adjust to the difference in courses.
“I am more experienced now and have learned that you can’t work your horses so fast here, especially uphill and on soft ground which takes a lot of energy,” said Ganbat. “It’s very different to America.”
In a race held at the Royal Acost, the King’s Stand (Eng-I), Mongolian Saturday came in ninth place.
“Before Royal Ascot he went four furlongs in 43-and-a-half seconds and that was too much, it finished him,” said Ganbat. “We also discovered after Ascot that he was suffering from a big ulcer but, thanks to the help of Tristan Sander [of Baker & McVeigh Veterinary Practice], we have been treating him ever since.
“I am not sure about winning the Darley July Cup but I am sure that he will run better than at Ascot.”
Owner Ganbaatar Dagvadorj won’t be in attendee for the July Cup.