The July Cup (Saturday, 4.35pm) was given Group-1 status in 1978, since when it has been widely regarded as one of the world’s most prestigious races, as well as being one of Britain’s most valuable sprint prizes. It is run over 6-furlongs on the July Course, and is the highlight of the third and final day of Newmarket’s July Meeting.
4-year-old have won four of the last ten renewals, with 3-year-olds winning three, 5-year-olds two, whilst one 6-year-old has been successful. No trainer has won the race more than once in that time, though jockey Paul Hanagan has ridden two winners in the last decade.
There are 18 runners set to go to post for the 2016 July Cup.
Never raced below a mile, and often looked outpaced over that distance at this highest level.
Usually runs at 5-furlongs, and has lost both his 6-furlong races.
Has been placed in some top-class races, but behind the likes of Don’t Touch, Magical Memory and Twilight Son in his last 3 races.
Beat Danzeno in a Listed Race to make it 7 wins from 8 races, and could still find the improvement needed to take a hand.
Dual course and distance winner who also finished third in last year’s renewal under today’s jockey. Looks to have been aimed solely at this race, and could outrun his odds once more.
Third at a big price at Royal Ascot over 5-furlongs, and is a winner over 6-furlongs at Listed Level.
Fourth at Royal Ascot over 5-furlongs, but has won at 6-furlongs.
May prove to be best at 7-furlongs after looking outpaced over 6-furlongs, and failing to stay a mile, but does have plenty of high-class form in the book.
Couldn’t quite get on terms at this trip at Royal Ascot, and has come up just short twice at Group-1 level. However, won his last two course and distance starts, and will prefer the better ground with stable in form.
American grade-1 winning sprinter flopped at Royal Ascot, but could bounce back on better ground. Best form arguably at 5-furlongs though.
Been a revelation this year over 5-furlongs, travelling brilliantly in his races, but can’t be ruled out over 6-furlongs having been fifth in last year’s Commonwealth Cup, and having improved hugely since.
Loveable sprinter in the veteran stage, and was always better over 5-furlongs.
Second behind Magical Memory at York, then close-up fifth behind same rival at Royal Ascot. Stable in better form now, and no surprise if he goes close again.
Confirmed that he’s one of the best sprinters around when winning his second Group-1 at Royal Ascot. Lost the services of Ryan Moore though, and may prefer some cut in the ground.
Has huge potential as a sprinter, but flopped twice at 6-furlongs.
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Flopped in both the English and Irish Guineas, and even his second behind Buratino at Royal Ascot suggests he might not be good enough. Ryan Moore keeps the faith though.
Looked best on fast ground so far, so his third in the Commonwealth Cup on good to soft wasn’t a bad effort. Ryan Moore could have ridden though.
Won 6 of her 7 races, the last the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot. Impossible to rule out getting all the allowances.
July Cup Summary
This looks one of the most exciting July Cups ever but, as it’s hard to divide the principles, it may be better chancing Eastern Impact with Skybet paying 5-places. Third last year, he has plenty of form, and looks worth chancing at 33/1.