Newmarket July Festival 2017
I’ll be away for a lot of the upcoming action at Newmarket this week so i’ve compiled the majority of the big races in one post as I’ll be unable to a day by day post like what’s normally the case at these big meetings. I’ve done this a few days in advance of the first day of the meeting so there will be more than likely a few non runners between now and then.
13th July 2017 Bahrain Trophy 1m 5f (Group 3)
I’ll start things off with the Group 3 Bahrain Trophy on the opening day of the meeting and there’s a horse that i’m a big fan of here in Atty Persse for Roger Charlton. He’s a Frankel offspring and i’m personally delighted he’s getting a crack at a Group race as I’ve believed he’s been a Group horse in the making since Day 1. He won the King George V Handicap at Royal Ascot in good style and if bringing that level of performance here he could take the world of beating, he can currently be found trading at a general 3/1. An each way alternative in this I quite like is Crowned Eagle for John Gosden, he’s still quite unexposed and although he was down the field when a rank outsider in the Derby he’s still open to progression and might just make a bold bid to get into the frame here. He’s currently trading at a general 6/1.
Selectons: Atty Persse 3/1 – Crowned Eagle 6/1 EW
13th July 2017 Arqana July Stakes 6f (Group 2)
Another intriguing affair now in the July Stakes over six and it’s currently headed by Rajasinghe for Richard Spencer on the back of his victory in the Coventry at Royal Ascot. He should make a strong bid here to maintain his unbeaten record despite conceding 3lb all round. A few big priced each way contenders take the eye in this starting with Cardsharp for Mark Johnston. He put in a fantastic effort when third in the the Group 2 Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot and looks a real tough sort, he’s trading at a general 12/1 which is a fantastic price in my opinion. Another one at a big price is Denaar for Richard Hannon and the returning Frankie Dettori, he was down the field in the Coventry but it might be worth putting a line through that run as he won well in his previous couple of starts and connections seem to think this one is capable of a big run. I feel these two are solid each way alternatives to the market leader if the short price of Rajasinghe puts you off.
Selections: Rajasinghe 2/1 – Cardsharp 12/1 E/W – Denaar 12/1 E/W
13th July 2017 Princess Of Wales Stakes 1m 4f (Group 2)
This year’s Princess Of Wales Stakes has see’s another Godolphin shot heading affairs in Frontiersman for Charlie Appleby. He put in a career best effort when second behind Highland Reel in the Group 1 Coronation Cup at Epsom which is the best most recent form on show here and a repeat of that level of run will see him being very hard to peg back here. Poet’s Ward should put in another bold showing for Sir Michael Stoute as he looks to have more progression in him. An each way alternative might be Wings Of Desire for John Gosden, he had an impressive season last year wining the Dante before finishing fourth in the Derby and second in the King George, he was fifth in his return run in the Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot and might just come on for that and have yet more to offer this time around.
Selections: Frontiersman 13/8 – Wings Of Desire 4/1 E/W
13th July 2017 Thursday’s Bet 365 Handicap 6f (Class 2)
The first of a series of handicap’s sponsored by Bet 365 throughout the meeting and as expected it looks an extremely tough puzzle to solve. There is a couple at decent prices that I like as each way contenders, starting off with a horse that has been a revelation in recent times for Richard Hughes in Goodwood Crusader. He takes a significant jump in Grade here but does that on the back of five consecutive victories for the former champion jockey, he’s trading at a general 11/1 for this and it would be some fete if he was to get his nose in front again, he’s certainly respected on current form. Another I quite like as an each way contender is Mostashel for Richard Hannon, he found a bit of trouble on the Rowley Mile last time out here but still ran on well to finish in third, with a clearer run he might just make another bold bid.
Selections: Goodwood Crusader 11/1 E/W – Mostashel 12/1 E/W
14th July 2017 Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes 6f (Group 2)
The Duchess Of Cambridge on Day Two looks to be another interesting renewal and it’s headed by Nyaleti for Mark Johnston who looks to have to form of the race with her second behind September at Royal Ascot. A repeat of that level of run will obviously see her hard to peg back. The one I do like though is Clemmie for AP O’Brien, she’s a sister to Churchill and got herself off the mark with a convincing win in a Group 3 at the Curragh last time out. She looks to have a lot more progression to come and that might just start continue here. Out Of The Flames looks to be a decent each way alternative to take from the field on the back of a third placed finish in the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot.
Selections: Clemmie 5/2 – Out Of The Flames 5/1 E/W
14th July 2017 Falmouth Stakes 1m (Group 1)
This year’s Falmouth Stakes is arguably one of the most competitive affair’s of the meeting and one that has caused me a real headache going through the form lines to find the winner. It’s headed by Roly Poly for AP O’Brien and she’s cleary got the form of the race with her last two efforts being a couple of second placed finishes in Group 1 contests behind Winter in the Irish 1000 Guineas and the Coronation Stakes. If bringing that level of form she should be winning this but I am going to try and take her on and that’s with Sea Of Grace for William Haggas, she was second last time out in a Group 1 contest at Deauville and i’m firmly of the belief that there is a lot more to come from this one and she might just serve it up to the market leader. Wuheida could still be a superstar in the making for Godolophin and Arabian Hope should also put in a bold showing.
Selections: Sea Of Grace 3/1
15th July 2017 Superlative Stakes 7f (Group 2)
A two year old contest now in the Group 2 Superlative Stakes and it’s headed by Gustav Klimt for AP O’Brien. He won his maiden last time out in comfortable style and it looks as though connections are feeling this one quite clearly has what it takes to take this significant step up in class which you would be a fool to argue with. You just don’t know in these two year old contests which one is going to show the most progression on the day. I quite like the Godolphin contender hear at a much more backable price than the market leader in Aqabah, he’s had experience at this higher level when seventh behind Rajasinghe at Royal Ascot and fourth in a Listed Contest at the Curragh behind Brother Bear which is quite impressive form. The market leader could prove tough to beat if he is another Coolmore star in the making but I think Aqabah might be a more than good enough alternative.
Selections: Gustav Klimt 6/4 – Aqabah 5/1 E/W
15th July 2017 July Cup 6f (Group 1)
Onto the race that most would consider as the race of the entire meeting in the July Cup. It’s headed by the outstanding unbeaten Caravaggio for AP O’Brien on the back of his win in the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot. I went against him that day and went for Harry Angel at a better price and at one stage it looked as though Harry might of got him into a bit of trouble but then he picked up won in style. After watching that race back it’s hard to see Harry Angel turning the tables, the only way it does seem a possibility is if Harry Angel is rode with a little more restraint this time around which may well be the case. Limato, The Tin Man and Tasleet look to be the main challengers out of the older horses on the back of their exploits in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot. The Tin Man came out on top that day and another big run looks more than likely on the cards as seems the case with Tasleet who was second. I’m not giving up on one of my favourite flat performers of recent years in Limato just yet though. Granted he hasn’t been at his best arguably since his win in this last year but if he gets his fast ground and everything goes right for him he has the capability of winning any sprint race on the planet. He met trouble close home at Ascot when third in the Diamond Jubiliee but with a clearer passage on his perfect surface you’d be foolish to rule him out just yet if he brings his A game. Caravaggio again will take the world of beating though for the all conquering connections.
Selections: Carravaggio 11/10 – Limato 5/1 E/W