US Navy Flag set for The Everest after July Cup win

  • US Navy is heading Down Under
  • Coolmore three-year-old is targetting The Everest
US Navy Flag wins The Darley July Cup

US Navy Flag is set to head to Australia to contest The Everest at Randwick on October 13 after winning the Group 1 July Cup (1200m) at Newmarket.

Having been unsuccessful over a mile in the French Guineas, Irish 2000 Guineas and St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot, the return to sprinting worked the oracle for Aidan O'Brien's son of War Front.

US Navy Flag relished the 1200m trip at Newmarket as he defeated Brando by 1.75 lengths with stablemate Fleet Review a further 0.75 lengths further back in third. David and Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig's Redkirk Warrior couldn't land a blow as he finished 10th.



A trip Down Under is now on the cards for US Navy Flag with O'Brien ready to give the three-year-old a break before targetting success in the $13 million The Everest at Randwick.

O'Brien said after the July Cup: "He had tough races in the Classics and had a very tough race in the Curragh. We thought it might leave his mark.

"He went to Ascot and Ryan (Moore) said to come back in distance with him. We've seen what's happened. He's a very good horse, to be able to do it that as a three-year-old.

"The plan with him was to come here and if it went well we would give him a rest and train him for the Everest in Australia.

"In all fairness to the horse, he deserves a break. He's had a tough time."

US Navy Flag would need to be offered a place in the field by one of the 12 slot holders, but would almost certainly be guaranteed a place in the line-up.

Ladbrokes make US Navy Flag the $9.00 third favourite for The Everest behind Trapeze Artist ($4.50) and last year's winner Redzel ($6.00).

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