The July Festival at Newmarket finishes on Saturday, with a card headlined by one of the best sprints of the year, the July Cup, which is part of the British Champion’s Series. With eight races throughout the afternoon, it’s going to be a superb day of racing at HQ.
The card is also sponsored in part by bet365, who have sponsored six races on the day, including the Group 2 Superlative Stakes and the Bunbury Cup, one of the big handicaps of the season. We’ve gone through all the bet365 sponsored races on the card, to give you selections and hopefully, plenty of winners!
12:10 – bet365 Handicap (3) – 1m 4f (RTV)
It’s always fantastic to see Frankie Dettori in the blue of Godolphin and Yuri Gagarin (15/8) could well be a smart one for the John Gosden and Dettori combination. Costing 300,000gns, is a half-brother to four winners and is unbeaten in two career starts. He was upped to 1m 3f for his second career outing and was a ready winner at Kempton, only needing to be pushed out to score comfortably. He should have plenty more to offer now he’s sent handicapping, especially up a further furlong in distance, and a big run can be expected.
12:45 – bet365 British EBF Maiden Fillies’ Stakes (4) – 7f (RTV)
Charlie Appleby and Godolphin hold all the aces in this seven-furlong maiden, with three of the five horses from the Appleby yard all wearing the royal blue. Preference is for the Adam Kirby ridden Danilova (5/1), a daughter of Dubawi who is a full sister to Skiffle and half-sister to winners Golden Town and Wizara. She’s likely to do even better when she’s sent over the middle distances, but she’s still likely to show plenty over this distance and she’s got plenty of upside.
1:15 – bet365 Novice Stakes (4) – 1m (RTV)
A penalty may not be enough to stop Al Mutathar (3/1) making it two wins from two in novice company for Richard Hannon. The yard’s horses tend to improve for their opening effort, so the fact he was able to win on debut is a huge positive in itself. The way he travelled into that contest on the other course was extremely eyecatching and with Jim Crowley taking his first sit on the horse, he should be able to protect his unbeaten record.
1:50 – bet365 Mile Handicap (2) – 1m (ITV)
Making it third-time lucky with a victory at Newmarket on the Rowley course last month, Eastern World (4/1) has run to a very high standard and goes into handicaps off a very attractive looking rating. Both his turf runs have come at Newmarket and that experience should stand him in good stead. He’s completely unexposed and progressive, which gives him very strong claims in this field.
3:00 – bet365 Superlative Stakes (Group 2) – 7f (ITV)
Half-brother to seven winners, including Group 3 winner Falls Of Lora, Master Of The Seas (11/2) made the perfect start to his career when landing a seven-furlong novice race on the Rowley course last month. He travelled very well into the contest and never looked in danger, scooting clear under hand riding in the closing stages. He should have plenty more to offer with further racing and the softer ground would be in his favour.
4:10 – bet365 Bunbury Cup (Heritage Handicap) – 7f (ITV)
Top-weighted Vale Of Kent (16/1) won this race twelve months ago and is touted to repeat those heroics a year later for Mark Johnston. He arrives this year in great form, going close at Royal Ascot in the Royal Hunt Cup before a close second in a Listed race at Epsom behind the smart Safe Voyage. He’s an extremely tough and gutsy sort who will relish a truly run seven furlongs, especially on a softer surface, which gives him excellent claims of repeating the feat in this contest.
bet365 ITV 4/1+ Offer
bet365 have continued their brilliant 4/1+ offer for ITV racing, which is a great way to generate some extra value to your winning bets.
Back the winner of any race on ITV, including the July Cup and Superlative Stakes, at 4/1 or bigger, and you’ll get a risk free bet on the next ITV race up to £50!
As it’s risk free, you get refunded in stone-cold cash, rather than as a free bet, making it the equivalent of a whole extra point of value!
Full T&Cs apply and are listed at the bottom of the page.
bet365 ITV 4/1+ Offer Terms & Conditions
Back any single winner at 4/1 or more on any race televised live on ITV Racing and you can have a risk free bet to the same stake (up to £50*) on the next race broadcast live on ITV Racing. This offer applies to the FIRST single bet placed by a customer on each race shown live on ITV Racing.
If your risk free bet also wins at odds of 4/1 or more, you qualify for a risk free bet on the next race televised live on ITV Racing. Keep backing those winners and bet365 will keep giving you risk free bets! If your risk free bet loses, your stake (up to £50*) will be refunded to your account.
This offer will not apply where a stake has been fully Cashed Out. Where a stake has been partially Cashed Out, any refund amount or subsequent risk free bet amount will be equal to the remaining active stake. If a qualifying bet is edited using our Edit Bet feature, any refund amount will be equal to the new stake and not the original stake. Where a risk free bet is changed using Edit Bet, no refund will be given and the offer will no longer apply. Where more than one selection in the same race is placed on the same bet slip, the first selection is deemed to be the one which is highest on the bet slip. Offer applies to bets placed on Win and Each-Way Fixed Odds markets and Enhanced Place Terms markets only. All other markets, including adjusted place terms (Each Way Extra), Ante-Post bets and Tote/Pari-Mutuel/Colossus (bets and dividends), are excluded from this offer.
Bets must be placed in the usual way and can be paid for from either your Withdrawable Balance or Bet Credits. Bets placed from your Withdrawable Balance will be refunded to your Withdrawable Balance and bets placed with Bet Credits will be refunded as Bet Credits.
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