July Cup Betting Tips – 14th July 2018
The July Meeting at Newmarket keeps the high quality flat racing coming this weekend. There are some intriguing races throughout the three days but the undoubted highlight of the meeting is the July Cup.
This Group 1, six furlong contest is one of the most prestigious sprints of the summer. In fact, previous winners have often been considered the premier sprinter in Europe and we certainly have a quality field set to contest the 2018 renewal.
Newmarket's July Course is one of the most picturesque in the country. It has also seen the cream of the Sprinters over the years in the Darley July Cup. pic.twitter.com/JaGMcuRzc7— Champions Series (@ChampionsSeries) July 9, 2018
Past Five Winners
2017 – Harry Angel, aged 3, ridden by Adam Kirby, trained by Clive Cox
2016 – Limato, aged 4, ridden by Harry Bentlet, trained by Henry Candy
2015 – Muhaarar, aged 3, ridden by Paul Hanagan, trained by Charlie Hills
2014 – Slade Power, aged 5, ridden by Wayne Lordan, trained by Edward Lynam
2013 – Lethal Force, aged 4, ridden by Adam Kirby, trained by Clive Cox
Favourite May Lack the Stamina to Win
The July cup has often served as the platform for younger horses to announced themselves as top quality sprinters. Three and four-year-olds have won eight of the last 10 renewals and it’s a four-year-old, Blue Point, who is the favourite for Saturday’s race.
Blue Point won his first Group 1 at Royal Ascot last time out but that victory came over 5f in the King’s Stand Stakes rather than one of the meetings 6f contests.
The July Course at Newmarket features a stiff uphill finish which makes the July Cup more about stamina than other sprints. Blue Point’s trainer, Charlie Appleby, knows all about the challenge of Newmarket but he has been unable to do much about it as he has a relatively poor record at the course.
Blue Point is a worthy favourite in many punters’ eyes but there are a few too many question marks for us to include him in our July Cup betting tips.
Is This the Time for US Navy Flag to Get Going in the Sprint Division?
US Navy Flag did some very good work last year as a juvenile. Among his busy campaign was a second place in the Group 2 July Stakes at Newmarket’s July Course and two Group 1 successes on the Rowley Mile.
It’s been more of a struggle this season but many believe that Aidan O’Brien’s three-year-old is going have a successful second half of the campaign now that the plan appears to be to switch him to the sprinting trips.
US Navy Flag’s performances over a mile will stand him in good stead in terms of the stamina required to win at Newmarket as will the fact that he was the fastest two-year-old in training. This is a great chance for US Navy Flag to break through and announce himself as a sprinter and we think he represents good betting value at 5/1 with William Hill.
Dreamfield Another Quality Horse with Something to Prove
While US Navy Flag has to win back some fans after some disappointing performances, connections of Dreamfield are hoping that he can get back to his best now that he’s finally put his injury problems behind him.
John Gosden’s four-year-old missed the whole of last year after impressing as a juvenile and he’s looked solid on his return winning once and finishing second so far this season.
It’s true that Dreamfield looked inexperienced on those two most recent appearances but he’s getting more comfortable all the time and if he can finish second in the hubbub of Royal Ascot he can cope with the crowds at Newmarket.
The bookies are yet to be convinced that Dreamfield is back to his best but that just provides punters with some great value by betting on him each-way in the July Cup at 9/1 with 888Sport.
Top Betting Tips
US Navy Flag to win at 5/1 with William Hill
Dreamfield each-way at 9/1 with 888Sport