07/09/2011 12:28PM

Newmarket: Dream Ahead gives rider milestone win in July Cup


Dream Ahead, the English joint champion 2-year-old of 2010 with the undefeated Frankel, gave jockey Hayley Turner her first win in a Group 1 race in Saturday’s July Cup at Newmarket, England.

Making his second start of 2011, Dream Ahead (7-1) rallied between horses through traffic to win by a half-length over Bated Breath. Star Witness, the 4-1 favorite, finished 10th of 16. Delegator, unplaced in the last two runnings of the Breeders’ Cup Mile, finished fifth.

Dream Ahead was fifth behind Frankel in the Group 1 St. James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot last month. A Kentucky-bred colt by Diktat, Dream Ahead has won 4 of 6 starts, all for owner Khalifa Dasmal and trainer David Simcock. Dream Ahead won two Group 1 races at 2.

Turner, 28, became the first woman jockey to win a Group 1 in England since Alex Greaves in 1997. She rode Dream Ahead for the first time on Saturday in the July Cup, which was worth approximately $640,000.

Earlier this year, Turner competed in a women’s jockey competition at Pimlico.

◗ Dick Turpin, the 2-1 second choice, won his second Group 2 stakes of 2011 in the Summer Stakes at Ascot, holding off a late threat from 9-1 Fanunalter to win the one-mile race by three-quarters of a length.

There were only five starters, with Side Glance, the 3-2 favorite, finishing third. Cityscape, considered a major threat to Dick Turpin, was scratched because the ground was listed as good and trainer Roger Charlton wanted a softer surface.

Dick Turpin was ridden by Pat Dobbs, and closed from fourth to end a two-race losing streak dating back to the Group 2 bet365 Mile at Sandown Park in April.

◗ Red Duke won his stakes debut in Saturday’s Group 2 Superlative Stakes at Newmarket.

Ridden by Kieran Fallon, Red Duke (10-1) raced behind the leaders to the final furlong before moving off the rail and catching Chandlery late to win the seven-furlong race by a neck. Fort Bastion, the 11-4 favorite, finished fifth in the field of 11.

A Kentucky-bred by Hard Spun, Red Duke is trained John Quinn and owned by Maxilead Limited. Red Duke was a $15,000 yearling purchase at Keeneland last September who later sold for approximately $225,000 at a 2-year-olds in training sale in England in April.