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Date:
14/07/2018
Distance:
7f
Type:
Flat
Surface:
Turf

July Cup betting tips and antepost preview for 2018. This is one of the best sprints of the year and often throws up a very talented winner which was the case last year with Clive Cox's Harry Angel.

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The Saturday feature at the Newmarket July meeting, this is one of the top sprints not just of the UK each season but worldwide.  It’s a race that has been won by a wide age group in recent years with winners from three, four, five and six year olds all triumphant in the last ten runnings.

This was won last year in great style by Champion Sprinter Harry Angel for Godolphin, Clive Cox and Adam Kirby. He is a remarkably quick horse who plenty struggle to go with and he was devastating in this contest last year. He streaked away from a very classy field in easy fashion before following up in the Sprint Cup at Haydock. He reappeared this season with an easy defeat of Brando who was in good form and he’ll be very hard to beat if running up to his best here.

Second in this race last year was 2016 winner Limato who always seems to run right up to his best in this race and is a dangerously talented horse on his day. He slammed Group 1 winner Suedois to win this in 2016 and followed up with a very good second in the Nunthorpe. He has had his struggles since then and was very disappointing when towards the head of the market for the Lockinge but this is a trip he prefers and he’ll likely be seen in a much better light if allowed to take his chance here.

Outside of last year’s runners, there are a number of interesting candidates this year who bring classy form to the table and the first of those is Redkirk Warrior who looks set for a tilt at the Diamond Jubilee at Royal Ascot before possibly coming here. He is a dual Group 1 winner in Australia and some of that form has already been franked by recent Greenlands Stakes winner Merchant Navy who he had behind at Flemington. He is clearly highly-regarded as connections wouldn’t be considering a raid lightly and if he goes well in the big one at Royal Ascot this seems a logical next step.

Battaash has been devastating over five furlongs in recent times and may well stick to that trip though has been given an entry for this and would have to be feared if declared. He was a hugely impressive winner of four of his five starts last season and his only defeat came after he boiled over completely at the start. His demolition job in the Prix de l’Abbaye was one of the best sprinting performances in a long time as he had Nunthorpe winner Marsha beaten out of sight in second and that form entitles him to the utmost respect in any race. He has raced over six furlongs just once and was beaten but is a different horse now and the option has been left over.

John Gosden isn’t best known for his sprinters but won this in 2003 with Oasis Dream and Dreamfield looks an exciting prospect over the sprint trips this year. He is three from three so far and was most impressive when hacking up in a decent looking handicap on his most recent start. He has been put up to a mark of 103 which is well short of what is required here but he is favourite to capitalise off that mark in the Wokingham and if doing so impressively would come into the reckoning here.

Of the younger horses who may come here after taking on the Commonwealth Cup it is Sioux Nation and Equilateral who immediately catch the eye. The former was a dominant winner of the Norfolk Stakes at the Royal Ascot meeting last year before following up in the Group 1 Phoenix Stakes and was strong at the finish when beating stablemate Fleet Review in the Lacken Stakes last time out. Aidan O’Brien took this path with Caravaggio last year after his Royal Ascot victory and the plan may be the same for this massive colt. Charlie Hills has always been sweet on Equilateral and he was wildly impressive on debut at Bath before something went wrong at York next time. He ran away with a novice event by eight lengths on his seasonal debut however and looks ready for a step up in class.

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22-06-2018 12:05:58pm