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Mayson to contend in top European races

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Mayson will be considered for all the top European horse races for the rest of 2012 after a highly unexpected victory in the Darley July Cup at Newmarket this past weekend. Jockey Paul hanagan rode the 20-1 betting underdog to first place despite having recently recovered from an injured left arm. Earlier in the week, Hanagan had been carried from the Newmarket track on a stretcher after suffering a fall.

Richard Fahey's four-year-old speedster won by an astonishing five lengths and took in £256,329 in first prize on behalf of owner Hamdan Al Maktoum. Moving forward, racing tipsters and punters could see Mayson contending in the Prix de l'Abbaye at Longchamp in October.

The trainer will also look to have the four-year-old compete in the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes at York next month, the Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville, and the Sprint Cup at Haydock in September.

“Everything was right on the day. He travelled strongly, they left him alone and two down I thought he'd pick up and they won't catch him,” Fahey told “It was a massive performance. All you can do is beat them and in this case he's beaten them well.”