July Cup Preview: Tips, Betting Offers and Odds, 2.15 at Newmarket, 14 July 2018
The prestigious July Cup is one of the headline acts at Newmarket’s excellent July Festival. Here we take a look at the history of the race, provide our betting tips and highlight some of the best odds and offers surrounding this sprint contest.
First run at Newmarket way back in 1876, this Group 1 event over 6f now offers a total of £500,000 in total prize money and always attracts a more than decent field. Since 2008 it has been part of the Global Sprint Challenge, further adding to the prestige of the event.
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July Cup Betting Tips
Odds correct at the time of writing and are subject to change.
July Cup Betting Betting Tips and Race Preview
The July Cup is the feature race of Newmarket’s July Meeting. This Group 1 contest is held in one of the most picturesque settings in all of racing but this is not a race in which you can afford to get distracted by the surroundings. Held over six furlongs, the July Cup is one of the most prestigious sprints of the entire flat racing season and is always run at a frantic pace. Win this and horses are often held in the highest regard but who is going to get the job done on Saturday?
Extra Stamina Reserves Gives U S Navy Flag the Edge
Although the July Cup is a top quality sprint the nature of the July Course at Newmarket demands a certain amount of stamina. The stiff uphill finish to the line has ruined the chances of some very well fancied horses in the past and it could prove to be too challenging for the current bookies’ favourite, Blue Point.
Charlie Appleby’s colt showed just why he is so well respected with victory at Royal Ascot last time out but that win came in the King’s Stand Stakes which takes place over five furlongs. Moreover, he has competed twice at Newmarket (once over six furlongs, once over seven) and was beaten in both appearances. Appleby himself has a pretty poor record at Newmarket so there is every chance the favourite will get beaten with the Aidan O’Brien trained U S Navy Flag the most likely to profit.
After a busy and successful two-year-old campaign U S Navy Flag is yet to hit the heights expected of him this season. That could be about to change as he is dropped back from a mile to sprinting trips. U S Navy Flag was the fastest two-year-old in training last year but O’Brien believed it was worth trying him out over a mile. It didn’t go exactly to plan but he showed he has greater stamina reserves than many of his competitors at Newmarket while he has all the pace required. With Ryan Moore on board, you can be sure U S Navy Flag will be well positioned come the closing stages so back him to win at generous odds of 5/1 with Coral.
Can Dreamfield Get Back to His Best?
Like U S Navy Flag, Dreamfield caught the imagination of punters as a two-year-old. He won both of his juvenile performances including one at Newmarket but was robbed of the chance to kick on last year through injury.
Thankfully, Dreamfield is now over his injury problems and John Gosden is hopeful that his charge will be able to contend for major honours once again. The bookies clearly remain fearful of Dreamfield’s abilities has he was sent off as the favourite in both of this year’s performances. He rewarded favourite backers first off in Ascot before being narrowly pipped by Bacchus in the Wokingham Stakes.
It remains to be seen whether he has the class to contend in a Group 1 but Newmarket holds no fears for him and providing he can overcome his lack of experience relative to the field, Dreamfield surely has strong each way appeal at 9/1 with Ladbrokes.
- 2017 – Harry Angel – jockey Adam Kirby, trainer Clive Cox
- 2016 – Limato – jockey Harry Bentley, trainer Henry Candy
- 2015 – Muhaarar – jockey Paul Hanagan, trainer Charlie Hills
- 2014 – Slade Power – jockey Wayne Lordan, trainer Edward Lynam
- 2013 – Lethal Force – jockey Adam Kirby, trainer Clive Cox
- 2012 – Mayson – jockey Paul Hanagan, trainer Richard Fahey
- 2011 – Dream Ahead – jockey Hayley Turner, trainer David Simcock
- 2010 – Starspangledbanner – jockey Johnny Murtagh, trainer Aidan O’Brien
- 2009 – Fleeting Spirit – jockey Tom Queally, trainer Jeremy Noseda
- 2008 – Marchand d’Or – jockey Davy Bonilla, trainer Freddy Head
- 2007 – Sakhee’s Secret – jockey Steve Drowne, trainer Hughie Morrison
- 2006 – Les Arcs – jockey John Egan, trainer Tim Pitt
July Cup History
The race which takes centre stage on the final day of Newmarket’s three day July meeting was first run at the track back in 1876. The winner of that inaugural edition was the impressive Springfield, who won 17 of his 19 career starts. Those seventeen wins included another victory in this race as the horse bred by Queen Victoria successfully defended his crown in 1877. There are numerous others to have done the double here over the years, including the brilliant Diadem and Abernant.
Diadem also won the Kings Stand Stakes twice and the 1000 Guineas during her illustrious career and her name lives on in the form of the Group 1 Diadem Stakes which is run each year at Ascot.
Like his brilliant sire The Tetrarch, Abernant was somewhat dappled in appearance. Also like his sire, he was brilliantly quick. Trained by Noel Murless he utilised this speed to win the Kings Stand Stakes, two Nunthorpe Stakes and two King George Stakes in a period of domination. Undoubtedly one of the greatest sprinters of all time, Abernant also has a race named in is honour, with the Abernant Stakes being run here at Newmarket in April of each year.
Neither Diadem nor Abernant possesses the best record in the history of this race though. That honour belongs to Sundridge who won three in a row between 1902 and 1904.
Now included as part of the Global Sprint Challenge series of races, the contest began to develop a more international feel in the latter part of the 20th century. Anabaa (1996) and Marchand d’Or (2008) scored for France and Agnes World recorded a famous victory for Japan in the year 2000.
Top Jockeys and Trainers
It won’t come as the greatest surprise that it is the legendary Lester Piggott who boasts the best record here amongst the jockeys. Even by his lofty standards though a haul of 10 wins is pretty impressive. Remarkably, four of those wins came in successive years as Piggott proved unstoppable between 1957 and 1960. Lester wasn’t far off repeating the dose 20 years later when winning three in a row between 1978 and 1980.
As of 2016 we have a dead heat amongst the training ranks. Charles Morton won five editions of the race in double quick time between the years of 1903 and 1914, and his record stood until 1990 when racing’s greatest ever trainer, Vincent O’Brien recorded his fifth win, 17 years after his first in 1973.