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It looks to be a hot July Cup renewal with Commonwealth Cup winners Perfect Power taking on Platinum Jubilee Stakes goalscorer Naval Crown on Saturday.
The horses placed second in the two renewals of Royal Ascot – Flaming Rib and Creative Force – are also declared among the 14 runners in the prestigious Newmarket 4.25, which is widely regarded as one of the best sprint races in the world.
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There’s an international flavor to the Group 1 contest with Australian speedball Artorius and Japanese prospect King Hermes also set to try their luck.
Below is our handy runner-by-runner guide to the field as well as July Cup betting tips from the experts at Paddy Power.
July cup riders
Coach:Anthony & Sam Freedman Jockey:Jamie Spencer Age: 4 lester: 9st 8lbs To draw: 12
Smart performer in Australia, completed the Group 1 3-yr-old sprint in Feb 2021. Lots of good races since, and hit the mark home to finish a close third in the Platinum Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot 3 weeks ago . This piece is unlikely to suit his style.
Coach: Michael Dods Jockey:Connor Beasley Age: 4 lester: 9st 8lbs To draw: 4
Progressive handicapper who came back with a win in a 19-rider event at Rowley’s course in April, but disappointed with Wokingham ever since. Against this in this business.
Coach:Charlie Appleby Jockey: Guillaume Buick Age: 4 lester: 9st 8lbs To draw: 9
Highly intelligent operator who won the Champion Sprint Stakes at Ascot last year and nearly added another Group 1 when he was narrowly refused by stable mate Naval Crown during the Platinum Jubilee at Royal Ascot there at 3 weeks.
Coach: Kevin Ryan Jockey:Tom Eaves Age: 6 lester: 9st 8lbs To draw: 11
Won Haydock Sprint Cup in September but did not shoot this year. Ready for another fight.
Coach:Charlie Appleby Jockey:James Doyle Age: 4 lester: 9st 8lbs To draw: 13
Very intelligent foal. Career best winning 24 runners Platinum Jubilee Stakes (33/1) at Royal Ascot (6f, good to firm) 21 days ago by the neck of Creative Force. Has a good chance in shape.
Coach: Andrew Balding Jockey: Rob Hornby Age: 4 lester: 9st 5lbs To draw: 14
A very smart filly who won three races at the top level last year but didn’t look quite the same this time around, comfortably owned by Naval Crown at the Platinum Jubilee last time out.
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Coach: Chris Wall Jockey:Jack Mitchell Age: 5 lester: 9st 5lbs To draw: 5
Friendly mare who does well here (albeit on Rowley’s course) but found the Platinum Jubilee a bit too hot at Royal Ascot. Likely to be upgraded again.
Coach: Richard Hannon Jockey: Sean Levey Age: 4 lester: 9st 5lbs To draw: 1
Clever filly who produced another likeable display when she was just 1½ lengths seventh in the Platinum Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot. It would have to fall perfectly to land this, though.
Coach: Edward Lynam Jockey: CD Hayes Age: 6 lester: 9st 5lbs To draw: seven
Smart mare who came through the race on a winning comeback in a Naas listed event 75 days ago. It demands more, but his strong travel style should help his cause.
Coach: Aidan O’Brien Jockey: Seamie Heffernan Age: 3 lester: 9st 2lbs To draw: ten
Lightly raced colt who took a strong step forward in blinkers for the first time despite being an excellent fourth behind Perfect Power in the Commonwealth Cup last time out. Has a bit to find even if the headgear works again.
Coach:Hugo Palmer Jockey:Ben Curtis Age: 3 lester: 9st 2lbs To draw: 2
Smart foal. Last victory in Chester in May. Creditable 1¼ lengths second of 20 at Perfect Power in the Commonwealth Cup (14/1) at Royal Ascot (6f, good to firm) 22 days ago. Not updated.
Coach: Yoshito Yahagi Jockey: Ryusei Sakai Age: 3 lester: 9st 2lbs To draw: 6
Smart foal. 2½ lengths sixth of 18 to Danon Scorpion in the NHK Mile Cup in Tokyo (8f, good to firm, 174/10) 62 days ago. Something of an unknown quantity, but it’s probably not at that level.
Coach:Richard Fahey Jockey: Christophe Soumillon Age: 3 lester: 9st 2lbs To draw: 8
A class performer who improved throughout his short career and made a deserved breakthrough at the highest level by winning the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot. Take his elders now, but he’s the one to beat.
Coach: MD O’Callaghan Jockey: LF Roche Age: 3 lester: 9st 2lbs To draw: 3
Clever colt who landed Group 3 Cornwallis on the Rowley course (5f) in October during a busy 2 year season. Decisive winner in the Group 3 company at Naas on the return but failed to beat a rival in the Commonwealth Cp last time out.
July Cut Tips
Matt Chapman: CREATIVE FORCE never quite had the pace to get involved in last year’s July Cup, finishing fifth behind Starman and Dragon Symbol. It will be hard to kick him out of the frame at least this time around for Charlie Appleby and William Buick. Since that loss, Creative Force have scored in the Qipco British Champions Sprint and a fine second last time to re-oppose Naval Crown to the Platinum Jubilee with Artorius back in third. Has strong claims.
Rory Delargy: That seems substandard, even by recent standards, and the Platinum Jubilee directors are the ones to focus on. ARTORIUS stood out at Ascot, where he had too much to do, and I think he can reverse form with the pair that beat him with a slightly modified tactic.
form of time: PERFECT POWER was impressive in the Commonwealth Cup last time and, even if it is an even more competitive Group 1 against its elders, it is he who seduces the most with the potential to do even better . Stablemates Naval Crown and Creative Force, who were split by a neck filling the top two spots in the Platinum Jubilee Stakes, are likely to be on the scene again and Artorius could get involved if they go too fast.
Ruby Walsh: Perfect Power was brilliant in the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot but I’ll go with ROMANTIC PROPOSAL for Eddie Lynam. He had a great run at Naas in April, beating Geocentric and Mooneista. Romantic Proposal also has form on 6f after winning at the Curragh last June.
Jason Weaver: Remarkably, NAVAL CROWN had only his second try at 6f distance in victory in the Group One Jubilee Stakes at the Royal Meeting. He was one of nine riders who stayed towards the pit rail and the closest to his side was back in 14th at the finish line! The old brigade may prove too strong this year.
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