July Cup Preview.

Saturday 11th July 2020

Author: Jordan Yates

“Welcome to my preview for the July Cup, which is set to take place on the July Course at Newmarket this Saturday. I’m currently putting this piece together on Thursday, where a couple of nice winners were had on site on Day 1 of the July Festival at HQ. These came in the form of Al Suhail who was tipped up at 5/1 and was a wide margin winner, and also Tactical at 5/2 who was an impressive winner of the July Stakes. 

I’ve done a slightly different style to normal for this preview, so as ever, I hope you enjoy the read.” – Jordan

July Cup Recent Winners



Charles Hills/Adam Kirby

Royal blue, white epaulets, striped cap



Henry Candy/Harry Bentley

Dark green, black chevron, white cap



Clive Cox/Adam Kirby

Royal blue



Aidan O’Brien/Ryan Moore

Purple, white seams, striped sleeves, purple cap



Aidan O’Brien/Ryan Moore

Purple, white seams, striped sleeves, purple cap

My Punts:

Golden Horde (9/4) (Finishing Position: 3rd)

Winner of the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot, Golden Horde will be a very warm order to follow up that Grade 1 success with another here. Clive Cox’s three-year-old will be once again be ridden by Adam Kirby, the duo was successful here back in 2017 with Harry Angel and this is another very talented sprinter they have on their hands. He’s a big bulky sort who eats up the ground when in full cry, and if turning up in the same form as he was the last day, he’ll take a lot of beating.

Threat (8/1) (Each Way) (Finishing Position: Unplaced)

Richard Hannon’s Threat was last seen running over a mile at Royal Ascot in the St James’s Palace Stakes when finishing fifth behind Palace Pier. He wasn’t totally disgraced that day, but I believe this sort of trip is where he feels more at home. He won the Group 2 Gimcrack Stakes over this trip at York last year and followed up with a win over seven in the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster on his next outing. I believe he’s a lively player here at a nice enough price.

Main Dangers:

Skeptical: Irish raider who was third in the Commonwealth Cup when last seen, a very speedy sort who won four on the bounce leading up to that.

Hello Youmzain: Sprint Cup and Commonwealth Cup winner, a massive player in the sprinting division.

Khaadem: Winner of the Stewards Cup at Goodwood off 107 last season, back to form with Commonwealth Cup fourth last time. Represents connections who have had success here before.


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