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Good To Firm

Darley July Cup Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series)

  • Prize money: £356422.35
  • 0m 6f 0y
  • Class 1
  • 14 runners
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Darley July Cup Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series)

Runners: 13 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

18/1 (Won)

  • Win: £16.40
  • Place: £3.70

Form: 228-10 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 5lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 108

Form & Verdict

Dual Group 3 winner; ran creditably in top 6f events the last twice, finishing second in the Al Quoz Sprint then 2l seventh in the Platinum Jubilee; however, needs improvement to break her Group 1 duck.

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15th

15

(1)

15th Oct 2022

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

14:00 Ascot

Double Or Bubble

9st 1lb

J: Jack Mitchell

T: Chris Wall

raced far side, prominent, ridden over 2f out, soon lost position, weakened final furlong, 9th of 11 in group

40/1

6th

6

(8)

11th Sep 2022

Good To Soft

0m 7f 6y

Class 1

15:20 Doncaster

Double Or Bubble

9st 3lb

J: Jack Mitchell

T: Chris Wall

steadied start, held up in behind leaders, pushed along over 2f out, soon weakened (trainer's rep said, regarding poor form shown, that the mare may have been unsuited by the Soft, good to soft in places ground on this occasion and would prefer a sounder surface)

7/1

6/1

  • Place: £2.00

Form: 68-349 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 5lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 112

Form & Verdict

Largely progressive; narrowly won the Group 3 Abernant on the other course here in April; not disgraced (midfield) in the Platinum Jubilee subsequently but was behind several of these opponents; more is needed.

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3rd

5

(3)

27th Jul 2022

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:35 Goodwood

Alcohol Free

9st 7lb

J: Rob Hornby

T: Andrew Balding

held up in rear, pushed along and headway when not clear run over 1f out, soon ridden, kept on well final 110yds, went third final stride, not recover

10/1

2nd

7

(5)

9th Jul 2022

Good To Firm

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

16:25 Newmarket (July)

Alcohol Free

9st 5lb

J: Rob Hornby

T: Andrew Balding

midfield, pushed along and headway towards near side from 2f out, prominent when ridden over 1f out, held but kept on inside final furlong

6/1

1st

21

(8)

18th Jun 2022

Good To Firm

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

16:20 Ascot

Alcohol Free

9st 2lb

J: Rob Hornby

T: Andrew Balding

raced centre, in touch with leaders, ridden 2f out, every chance 1f out, weakened final 110yds, 10th of 15 in group

33/1

9/2

  • Place: £2.90

Form: 33-663 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 8lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 116

Form & Verdict

Smart Australian colt who was an eyecatching third behind Naval Crown and Creative Force in the Platinum Jubilee at Royal Ascot (6f, good to firm) three weeks ago, weaving his way through from rear and finishing strongly under Jamie Spencer; big player, especially granted a strongly run race.

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4th

2

(8)

24th Jun 2023

Good To Firm

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

15:40 Ascot

Artorius

9st 5lb

J: James McDonald

T: Anthony & Sam Freedman

towards near side, prominent on far side of group, edged right over 1f out, kept on final 110yds, 2nd of 9 in group

4/1

3rd

1

(12)

9th Jul 2022

Good To Firm

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

16:25 Newmarket (July)

Artorius

9st 8lb

J: Jamie Spencer

T: Anthony & Sam Freedman

dwelt start, held up in rear, pushed along 2f out, ridden and headway from over 1f out, went third inside final furlong, kept on well but always held

9/2

3rd

2

(2)

18th Jun 2022

Good To Firm

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

16:20 Ascot

Artorius

9st 5lb

J: Jamie Spencer

T: Anthony & Sam Freedman

raced centre, steadied start, held up in rear, pushed along over 2f out, hard ridden and headway over 1f out, not clear run and switched left inside final furlong, ran on, forced dead-heat for third post, joint-2nd of 15 in group

9/1

Form: 261-02 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 8lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict

Runner-up in last year's Nunthorpe then went one better in the Haydock Sprint Cup (held on narrowly); not in anything like the same form this year and finished only 11th in this race 12 months ago; others preferred.

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5

(10)

17th May 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

15:00 York

Creative Force

9st 10lb

J: William Buick

T: Charlie Appleby

Comfortably justified favouritism in conditions race at Haydock (6f, good to soft) on Saturday, reversing last month's Newmarket placings with Commanche Falls and recording first win since landing Ascot Group 1 in 2021; smart performer who commands respect back up in grade.

3/1

1st

2

(2)

13th May 2023

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

13:45 Haydock

Creative Force

9st 8lb

J: James Doyle

T: Charlie Appleby

Turned over at odds-on in Group 3 Abernant at Newmarket on last month's reappearance (behind Commanche Falls); however, it wasn't a bad performance and he could improve for it; holds leading claims judged on last year's efforts in Group/Grade 1 sprints.

5/6

3rd

2

(4)

20th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

15:00 Newmarket

Creative Force

9st 9lb

J: William Buick

T: Charlie Appleby

Group 1 winner as 3yo (6f, good to soft) who raced only at that level in 2022, failing to win but running some excellent races in defeat; not that fussed about the state of the ground and should have plenty going for him now racing in a Group 3 for the first time in nearly two years.

Evs

4th
5 (13)
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11/2

Form: 14-000 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 8lb

6 yo

OR: 114

Form & Verdict

Came up the stand side to beat stablemate Creative Force, who raced centre, in the Platinum Jubilee at Royal Ascot (6f, good to firm) last month when having first start on British soil since being beaten by same rival in the 2021 Jersey; still unexposed at this trip; strong contender.

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No Results Found

Form: 40-327 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 5lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

Irish mare who won last year's Flying Five (5f Group 1; good) and recorded a very tidy success in Listed grade at Naas on sole start this term; this step back to 6f shouldn't be a problem; goes well fresh and looks quite interesting on return from another break.

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8th

9

(2)

7th Oct 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

15:00 Ascot

Happy Romance

9st 1lb

J: Pat Dobbs

T: Richard Hannon

Ties in with Annaf on Portland form (finished 2l fourth); faced a much stiffer task in the Foret last Sunday (midfield); successful at this level in 2020/2021 but her subsequent strike-rate is underwhelming.

11/1

4th

4

(6)

16th Sep 2023

Soft

0m 5f 143y

Class 2

14:25 Doncaster

Happy Romance

9st 8lb

J: Alec Voikhansky

T: Richard Hannon

Usually aimed high and appreciated the return to Listed race when winning mares' race at Bath in April (5f, good to soft; also suited by 6f on good or quicker); can be excused her two starts since but lacks a recent run and this is her first run in a handicap.

11/1

18

(11)

9th Sep 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

15:35 Haydock

Happy Romance

9st 2lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Richard Hannon

fourth two years ago

40/1

33/1

Form: 8-1041 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 8lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 118

Form & Verdict

Successful in Group 1 races over 1m on heavy/soft last term; not in top form this season, most recently ninth in the Platinum Jubilee where she looked unsuited by the fast surface returned to sprinting; big chance on her peak figures but a query about ground conditions.

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12th

9

(16)

15th Oct 2022

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

14:00 Ascot

Naval Crown

9st 4lb

J: James Doyle

T: Charlie Appleby

led group up the centre, close up overall, ridden and lost position 2f out, hung left and weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 7 in group

11/1

11th

8

(5)

3rd Sep 2022

Good To Firm

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

15:30 Haydock

Naval Crown

9st 5lb

J: William Buick

T: Charlie Appleby

prominent, pushed along towards far side 3f out, ridden and beaten when hung left under 2f out, soon weakened (trainer said, regarding the poor form shown, he could offer no explanation other than the jockey reported that the colt was never travelling)

9/2

6th

6

(14)

9th Jul 2022

Good To Firm

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

16:25 Newmarket (July)

Naval Crown

9st 8lb

J: James Doyle

T: Charlie Appleby

midfield on far side of group, pushed along and headway from 2f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, kept on well

33/1

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Form & Verdict

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No Results Found

Form: 1310-1 D

Last run: 75 days

W: 9st 5lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 112

Form & Verdict

Sole runner for Aidan O'Brien, who has won this race five times (mostly with 3yos); improved for first-time blinkers and outran his 40-1 odds in the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot 6f (good to firm) last month, finishing fourth despite hanging right; ideally needs to keep straighter but could go well in the retained headgear.

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9th

14

(4)

11th Sep 2022

Yielding

0m 5f 0y

14:25 Curragh

Romantic Proposal

9st 3lb

J: Chris Hayes

T: Edward Lynam

raced far side, towards rear of midfield, headway over 1f out, kept on, never near to challenge (jockey said mare got struck into in running)

6/1

8th

10

(10)

9th Jul 2022

Good To Firm

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

16:25 Newmarket (July)

Romantic Proposal

9st 5lb

J: Chris Hayes

T: Edward Lynam

reared in stalls before start, took keen hold, always towards rear

16/1

1st

7

(1)

25th Apr 2022

Good

0m 5f 0y

18:15 Naas

Romantic Proposal

9st 9lb

J: Chris Hayes

T: Edward Lynam

10/1

Form: 151-36 D

Last run: 62 days

W: 9st 2lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

Productive 2yo campaign included wins in the Norfolk, Morny and Middle Park; failed to convince with stamina over 1m in the 2,000 Guineas on second start this season, then proved suited by the return to sprinting in the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot (good to firm) where he came with a powerful run to lead in the final half-furlong; high-class colt who is now 3-3 in Group 1 contests over 6f; hugely respected.

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9th

13

(8)

9th Jul 2022

Good To Firm

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

16:25 Newmarket (July)

King Hermes

9st 2lb

J: Ryusei Sakai

T: Yoshito Yahagi

held up in rear, pushed along and outpaced 3f out, ridden over 1f out, switched right but held inside final furlong, made no impression (jockey said colt was never travelling)

10/1

10/1

Form: 47-354

Last run: 22 days

W: 9st 2lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

Last seven starts over sprint distances have resulted in form figures of 1111122, most recently second to Perfect Power in the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot (good to firm) where he was always handy and stuck on well; brings a solid profile and should go well again.

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4th

3

(7)

16th Jul 2022

Good

0m 5f 0y

15:10 Curragh

Cadamosto

9st 5lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: A P O’Brien

towards rear, pushed along halfway, ridden and headway over 1f out, no extra final furlong

13/2

10th

11

(2)

9th Jul 2022

Good To Firm

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

16:25 Newmarket (July)

Cadamosto

9st 2lb

J: Seamie Heffernan

T: A P O’Brien

took keen hold, in touch with leaders on near side of group, pushed along under 3f out, ridden towards near side over 1f out, soon weakened

10/1

4th

2

(8)

17th Jun 2022

Good To Firm

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

15:05 Ascot

Cadamosto

9st 2lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: A P O’Brien

midfield, in touch with leaders when pushed along up the centre 2f out, ridden over 1f out, prominent but hung right inside final furlong, no extra final 110yds

40/1

OUR TIP

Form: 11-171 D

Last run: 22 days

W: 9st 2lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 117

Form & Verdict

Has improved with racing; not far behind Perfect Power in the 2021 Middle Park; made all for 3l success in Group 3 at Naas (6f, good) on reappearance and it's best to forgive his heavy defeat when 11-1 in the Commonwealth Cup (scoped dirty afterwards); could go well at big odds.

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7th

14

(11)

15th Oct 2022

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

14:00 Ascot

Perfect Power

9st 3lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: Richard Fahey

midfield up the centre, ridden halfway, carried right and ran on inside final furlong, not reach leaders, 5th of 7 in group

10/1

11th

14

(3)

9th Jul 2022

Good To Firm

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

16:25 Newmarket (July)

Perfect Power

9st 2lb

J: Christophe Soumillon

T: Richard Fahey

prominent on near side of group, pushed along 3f out, ridden and weakened over 1f out

25/1

1st

9

(1)

17th Jun 2022

Good To Firm

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

15:05 Ascot

Perfect Power

9st 2lb

J: Christophe Soumillon

T: Richard Fahey

towards rear, pushed along and headway towards far side from over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, led final 110yds, ran on well

4/1

20/1

Form: 1-6122 D

Last run: 22 days

W: 9st 2lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 113

Form & Verdict

Bidding to emulate Agnes World, the only Japanese-trained winner of the July Cup (in 2000); won 6f maiden and 7f Grade 2 on home soil last year; faded into sixth in 1m Grade 1 at Tokyo two months ago; still unexposed as a sprinter but appears to have a difficult task on ratings.

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10th

1

(10)

1st Mar 2024

Standard

0m 6f 1y

Class 2

15:12 Lingfield (AW)

Flaming Rib

9st 12lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Hugo Palmer

Smart 3yo (Group 1 runner-up at Royal Ascot) and he made a winning return as a 4yo when landing a big pot in Qatar last February; found it tougher going afterwards but he's tackling lesser opposition than he's used to today and he returns with his stable going well; respected on AW debut.

11/2

7th

4

(2)

26th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

15:55 Newmarket (July)

Flaming Rib

9st 3lb

J: Harry Davies

T: Hugo Palmer

Progressive at two and he ran a blinder when second of 20 in last season's Commonwealth Cup; picked up a valuable prize in Qatar in February but further globetrotting in the spring brought no reward; tough task off top weight in the Wokingham last time but better expected at this level.

8/1

17th

1

(12)

24th Jun 2023

Good To Firm

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

17:00 Ascot

Flaming Rib

9st 12lb

J: Pierre-Louis Jamin

T: Hugo Palmer

Very good second of 20 in Group 1 Commonwealth Cup over C&D (good to firm) last June; has had some excuses since but he picked up a valuable prize at Doha in February and the return to this track on drying ground is in his favour; carrying top weight is still a big ask.

22/1

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Payout
Exacta £1017.00
Straight Forecast £663.80
Trifecta £9257.00

Selections

NEWMARKET:

Artorius

TOPSPEED:

Naval Crown

SPOTLIGHT:

Perfect Power

RP Ratings:

Creative Force

Daily Record:

Romantic Proposal

Daily Express:

Perfect Power

The Star:

Perfect Power

Telegraph:

Artorius

The Guardian:

Artorius

The Sun:

Artorius

POSTDATA:

Naval Crown

The Times:

Naval Crown

Daily Mirror:

Naval Crown

Daily Mail:

Creative Force