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Newmarket July Festival Tips – Through the Card Selections on Day 2

Establish ridden by jockey David Egan wins the bet365 Mile Handicap on day three of The Moet and Chandon July Festival at Newmarket Racecourse.

Newmarket’s July Festival continues on Friday with a cracking seven-race card that centres around the Group 1 Falmouth Stakes. In anticipation of a top day’s racing, our Racing Editor has produced previews and selections for all seven races on day two of the meeting. Check this out below, alongside an exclusive Matchbook offer, which provides Money Back as a Free Bet up to £30 if your first bet loses.

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FLYING HONOURS – (1:15 Newmarket, Weatherbys British EBF Maiden Stakes)

Hope You Can Run brings the strongest form into this courtesy of his Doncaster second, but that doesn’t set an unattainable level for the debutantes.

Charlie Appleby has sent out runners to finish either second or first in every renewal of this race since 2016, so it’s safe to assume that it’s a race he targets, and that makes his FLYING HONOURS of obvious interest.

This colt is the second foal out of French Group 3 winner Powder Snow, his full brother a winner on debut in France last month. From the family of the likes of Arc winner Lammtarra and Oaks winner Snow Bride, Flying Honours is certainly bred for middle distances, but given his connections, he’s expected to be fine over this 7f trip on debut, and William Buick’s presence in the saddle suggests that he’s the stronger fancied of the Appleby pairing.

KNIGHTSWOOD – (1:50 Newmarket, bet365 Handicap) 10

New London and Yonafis both have the potential to be ahead of their marks and warrant obvious respect here, but KNIGHTSWOOD represents a stable that has sent out six of the last nine winners of this event and caught the eye at Royal Ascot last month, so rates the one to be with at the prices.

This colt built on a Redcar maiden success when landing a Chepstow novice last month, that most recent win worthy of respect considering that he managed to concede 10lb to a now 82-rated rival.

Just eight days later Knightswood ran in the Golden Gates Stakes at Royal Ascot, where he finished sixth, doing by far the best of the horses that attempted to live up with a strong pace.

Knightswood travelled through that contest like a horse ahead of a mark of 88, and a bump 2f out from eventual race winner Missed The Cut won’t have helped his chances. Frankie Dettori now takes over and if they go a more sensible gallop here Knightswood should be able to save energy for a more potent finishing kick.

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Known as the headquarters of British racing, Newmarket’s Rowley Mile course features a clutch of top quality events such as the 1000 and 2000 Guineas in early May and Champions Day in October. One of the fairest tracks in the world, racing at the Rowley Mile is divided into two seasons, spring and autumn, and only on rare occasions does the ground ride on the soft side. Racing switches from the Rowley Mile to the popular July Course during the summer months. The highlight of the season is the Darley July Cup, Europe’s leading six furlongs sprint, which takes place on the final day of the three-day July Meeting. The six evening meetings are amongst the most popular fixtures staged anywhere in the country.

MAYLANDSEA – (2:25 Newmarket, Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes) 3.2

The last two Albany winners Dandalla and Sandrine successfully followed up in this event, and despite no Mediate this year we have the Albany 2-4 in Mawj and Queen Olly representing that race. Both appear to be horses who might be needing 7f+ now, however, and look vulnerable to the finishing kicks of both MAYLANDSEA and Lezoo, with preference going to the Queen Mary runner-up.

This 100,000 guineas Breeze Up purchase made a winning debut in a Nottingham maiden in May and stepped forward significantly on that form to chase home the classy Dramatised at Royal Ascot.

That race was run almost a second quicker than the Windsor Castle Stakes later on the card, and it suggested that Maylandsea would benefit from stepping up to 6f. Michael Bell knows what it takes to land this event, having sent out Pretty Pollyanna to score in 2018, and the finishing speed of Maylandsea should prove too much for her rivals.

The aforementioned Lezoo might provide the biggest threat to the selection, albeit her Listed course and distance win last month appeared to be a race which fell apart slightly, and a formline through the second Malrescia, suggests that she has work to do with the selection.

UBER COOL – (3:00 Newmarket, bet365 Trophy) 22

Candleford dominated at Royal Ascot last time but the handicapper has taken no chances with a 13lb rise.

Trawlerman could get closer to that horse with a better ride and was nominated as value in the July Festival Antepost column posted earlier this week, with Sam Cooke another for the shortlist having been sent off the 7/2F when fifth in this race back in 2020.

At the prices, however, it might just pay to take a chance on UBER COOL for the Jane Chapple-Hyam stable.

This 8yo enjoyed a solid 2021 campaign, scoring at Chester on his return from a mammoth 959-day absence before second-place finishes at Ascot and Nottingham. That most recent showing now reads well, with the horse that beat Uber Cool, East Asia, now officially rated 12lb higher.

Entitled to step forward for a comeback tenth in the Northumberland Plate, where not helped by a slow start and by racing keenly in the early part of the race, that brought Uber Cool’s form figures on synthetics to 660, and he’s going to be far happier back on turf.

Just 1lb above his last winning mark, and back over a trip he’s gained four of his seven career wins over, the odds available look a little too dismissive of this gelding’s chances.

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INSPIRAL – (3:35 Newmarket, Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes) 1.19

Only the five entered for this year’s Falmouth Stakes, and that’s solely down to the presence of INSPIRAL in this line-up.

Cheveley Park’s homebred failed to taste defeat in four starts as a juvenile, and although she missed her intended comeback in the 1000 Guineas maintained an unbeaten record with a dominant victory in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot last month.

John & Thady Gosden’s filly now takes on her elders for the first time, but with respect to Primo Bacio and Sibila Spain, they are far from the best 4yos in this division, with a combined record of 0-6 in Group 1 company.

There’s no obvious reason as to why either Prosperous Voyage (now 0-3 against Inspiral) or Sandrine will reverse Royal Ascot form and in short, this is a fine opportunity for Inspiral to notch a third consecutive Group 1 win.

MUMS TIPPLE – (4:10 Newmarket, Arioneo Handicap)

A tricky 7f handicap here, Nizaaka looked a good purchase at 50,000 guineas by her current connections and has run well in defeat in both starts since joining this yard. She’s essentially 10lb higher than when landing a course and distance handicap last time, however, and is now taking on the boys.

Lord Rapscallion doesn’t seem to win enough for a horse with his ability, so for all that he’s respected, a chance instead is taken on MUMS TIPPLE.

This lad has won just once from 18 starts since his famous York juvenile success, but he’s caught the eye in both starts this season, staying on into midfield from a disadvantageous track position in the Victoria Cup, before going off far too hard in the Buckingham Palace Stakes last time out.

It was to Mums Tipple’s credit that he kept on for fifteenth there, with eight of the first nine runners home described as having raced ‘in rear’ showing just how hard the leader went.

Sean Levey replaces the 7lb claimer entrusted with the ride that day, and a 4lb weights drop sees Mums Tipple slip into Class 3 handicap company for the very first time.

In only two previous course runs, Mums Tipple has finished a 3l fourth in the Group 3 Criterion Stakes and a 3l fourth (over a seemingly inadequate 6f) in the Listed Hopeful Stakes. The RPR figures of 108 and 102 posted there are very strong in the context of this race, so at a double-figure price Mums Tipple looks worth chancing.

Today’s Racecards

DUSKY LORD – (4:45 Newmarket, Moet & Chandon Handicap)

A wide-open sprint handicap to close the July Festival Day 2 card.

Ancient Times is on the upgrade, as is Tees Spirit, who landed the ultra competitive Epsom Dash on penultimate run.

DUSKY LORD was only twelfth on Derby Day, but there are certainly reasons to forgive that showing, with the unique downhill track not playing to his strengths.

It’s probably best to put a line through the run, and on his start prior, Dusky Lord had been an impressive winner over the Rowley Mile, beating Rebel At Dawn who has won twice since. The time Dusky Lord posted that day was the quickest on the card, faster than that posted by the now 102-rated Harry Three (carried 5lb more).

That showing suggests this stiffer track will be to Dusky Lord’s benefit, as will the rattling fast ground. Trainer Roger Varian has been going absolutely great guns with his string recently and this son of Twilight Son (the same sire as last year’s winner Twilight Calls), is one of the least exposed runners in a race in which we know plenty about the majority of the field.

July Festival Day 2 Tips

FLYING HONOURS – (1:15 Newmarket, Weatherbys British EBF Maiden Stakes)

KNIGHTSWOOD – (1:50 Newmarket, bet365 Handicap) 10

MAYLANDSEA – (2:25 Newmarket, Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes) 3.2

UBER COOL – (3:00 Newmarket, bet365 Trophy) 22

INSPIRAL – (3:35 Newmarket, Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes) 1.19

MUMS TIPPLE – (4:10 Newmarket, Arioneo Handicap)

DUSKY LORD – (4:45 Newmarket, Moet & Chandon Handicap)