July Cup Day Newmarket Betting Tips
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July Cup Day Newmarket Betting Tips

The culmination of three brilliant days racing at Newmarket on Saturday is headlined by the Group 1 July Cup, one of the summer's true sprinting highlights. The action at Headquarters also includes the Group 2 Superlative Stakes and the Bunbury Cup Handicap. There are seven races in all with Newmarket action from 1.30-5.00 and the Racing Post bring you their betting tips and selections for the action.




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1.30 - Rossdales British EBF Maiden Fillies' Stakes (7f)

The majority of these fillies are seeing the racecourse for the first time. Ardbraccan and Calm Skies have already run solid races over C&D a fortnight ago, they join Doncaster third Eagle Path in making most appeal of those with experience.

The newcomers could be dangerous, however, with EPHRATA and Wilderness Girl selected to go well - though Kingdom Girl and Salve Japan are worth monitoring too.

James Doyle rides Ephrata for John & Thady Gosden and the Ghostzapper filly makes plenty of appeal on paper in the Juddmonte silks. She gets the nod for a winning start, with $125,000 No Nay Never filly Wilderness Girl also much-respected.

Selection: Ephrata

Next Best: Wilderness Girl

 

2.05 - Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa Fillies' Handicap (7f)

Charlie Wall's fast-improving filly Kingmania comes here attempting to record a fourth straight success. She won at Yarmouth in September and has added wins at Leicester and Doncaster this term, all over 7f on fast ground. She's up 6lb for that Town Moor win five weeks ago and will be on many shortlists for this prize as it looks as though there will be more to come from her still, even if she is jumping up in class.

The opposition looks decent too. Sir Michael Stoute's May Salisbury winner Samoot only found the ultra-impressive Create Belief too good in the Sandringham at Royal Ascot (1m, heavy) last month and, now 3lb higher, has be to be thought of as a leading player back on better ground.

The pair are key players, while Al Saariyah is also in the mix, but there could be further progress to come from RIKNNAH for the Simon & Ed Crisford team. The Shamardal filly completed a hat-trick when scoring over C&D just over two weeks ago and while she finds herself 3lb higher now in this stronger grade, she does look capable of better still. James Doyle is the man on board again and he could be off to a flying start at Newmarket on July Cup Day.

Selection: Riknnah

Next Best: Samoot

2.40 - bet365 Mile Handicap (1m)

Some promising 3YOs here but perhaps none more so than Godolphin's ROYAL FLEET for Charlie Appleby. The Dubawi colt won on debut at Kempton in November over 7f and obliged again at Yarmouth (1m, good to firm) in April on second start. It was only a Class 5 novice he won there but there were three next-time-out winners amongst the vanquished rivals.

It's very likely he keeps progressing for a while yet and an opening handicap mark of 93 should be within his grasp. He is fancied to justify his position at the head of the market.

William Haggas will have hopes that Kaheall can upstage him. He ran third in a Doncaster debut last season and that form has worked out well. The Muhaarar gelding, meanwhile, has won 3-3 on the all-weather since and is firmly on the upgrade. He gets 6lb from the market leader and should make a race of this.

Qaader and Latest Generation have plenty of experience under their belts and are also in the melting pot. The Mark Johnston-trained top-weight ran a sound race when beaten four-lengths in last month's Britannia Stakes at Royal Ascot and should find this a little easier from an unchanged mark.

Selection: Royal Fleet

Next Best: Kaheall

 

3.15 - bet365 Superlative Stakes (Group 2, 7f)

Charlie Appleby has won three of the last five renewals of the Superlative and he sends out Native Trail and Private Signal in the Godolphin blue here. The former is a son of Oasis Dream and made an impressive winning start at Sandown last month when well-fancied. He's a key player with improvement anticipated.

Private Signal, meanwhile, couldn't justify favouritism at Doncaster (7f, good to firm) when defeated by AUSTRIAN THEORY two days after Native Trail scored. He was put in his place by Mark Johnson's runner and the fact the Sea The Stars colt has since obliged at Leicester paid a compliment to the winner.

Austrian Theory made that winning start despite running rather green when he got to the front. A son of Awtaad, he should be all the wiser for the experience. This is a step up in class, of course, but there was no fluke in that Doncaster success and it's a minor surprise to find Joe Fanning's mount trades as the outsider of the nine-runner field. He can outrun those odds.

After winning starts of their own, Dhabab (Coventry) and Great Max (Chesham) emerged from Royal Ascot with credit in defeat and they set the standards on form consequently. John & Thady Gosden's No Nay Never colt looked to be still learning in his race and he can also point to trouble in running. Frankie Dettori gets the leg up for the first time here and a big challenge should be forthcoming.

Selection: Austrian Theory

Next Best: Dhabab


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3.50 - bet365 Bunbury Cup (Heritage Handicap, 7f)

Fundamental's very best form thus far has come on the all-weather (2-2) but the Cheveley Park runner showed up very well in Listed/Group 3 contests at Newbury, here and Royal Ascot over the last three months and appears to be nicely treated for this first crack in handicap company.

He joins Britannia Stakes winner Perotto and Chelmsford winner Jumaira Bay in being well-in on these terms. Another Cheveley Park contender, Ametist, remains progressive for William Haggas and can harbour claims of getting involved under a 6lb penalty of his own for scoring over C&D last time out.

Motakhayyel won this race 12 months ago and while he's rated 4lb higher here, his Group 3 second over C&D last time suggests he cannot be ignored at a venue he clears relishes.

BOARDMAN saw his winning run ended at Royal Ascot last month but he was progressing nicely in three wins before that. Tim Easterby's charge almost certainly was done no favours by the draw in the Buckingham Palace Stakes and so it's worth affording him another chance from this mark. The style of his May win at York was quite taking and he followed from 10lb higher at quirky Chester afterwards. Kimifive hasn't managed a win in more than two years but he can hardly be knocked for consistency recently and another bold showing from Cieren Fallon's mount should tee the rider up for his July Cup defence.

Selection: Boardman

Next Best: Ametist

 

4.25 - Darley July Cup Stakes (Group 1, 6f)

July Cup winners don't often defend their crown but Oxted has strong credentials to become the first back-to-back winner in 60+ years for Cieren Fallon and Roger Teal. He picked up the pieces after a ferociously run King's Stand at Ascot last month and should be spot on, though some will ponder if he will be quite at home returning to 6f now.

Rohaan has been amongst the most wonderful of recent tales and his Wokingham win at Ascot last time ensures he merits this crack at a Group 1.

Art Power, Glen Shiel and Summerghand are all older performers of note but 3YOs have been dominant in the July Cup recently (four of the last six) and they may hold sway again.

Creative Force is on a real roll having 4-4 this season for Godolphin and the Jersey Stakes winner can go well down in trip, while Line Of Departure was supplemented into this race at considerable cost after his Listed Salisbury win and could be one to outrun his odds.

It's DRAGON SYMBOL that gets the nod for Archie Watson and Oisin Murphy, however. He rightfully lost the Commonwealth Cup in the steward's room three weeks ago having interfered with Campanelle close to home.

They had the battle to themselves late on and while it was a tough one for connections to lose that Group 1 (would have been the trainer's first in Britain) it was probably the right call. The run also pinpointed further progress from Dragon Symbol and a very game attitude in defeat conceding weight to the American filly. This Cable Bay colt isn't done improving and with the 3YO allowance now very much in his favour he can bag some redemption.

Selection: Dragon Symbol

Next Best: Line Of Departure

5.00 - Price Promise At bet365 Handicap (1m4f)

Like many others on the card, Parachute is here bidding for some sense of compensation after running a big race in defeat last month at Royal Ascot. Ed Walker's charge was a good third in the King George V Stakes - beaten less than a length - and should be in the mix now from 3lb higher.

Duke Of Condicote and Amir Kabir are closely matched on Newbury form and look solid again, while Pied Paper will likely benefit from this drop in class after finding life tough in the Queen's Vase last time. Better things can still be expected of Love Is Golden for the Mark Johnston team, but OZ LEGEND is low-mileage and another that can do better.

Hugo Palmer's all-weather winner has run good races in defeat on turf this season over a mile-and-a-quarter and he now attempts this new trip for the first time. He's been eased 1lb by the handicapper and links up with champion jockey Oisin Murphy for the first time. They are a speculative choice to go well in a tough finale to the July Festival.

Selection: Oz Legend

Next Best: Parachute

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