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16:35 Newmarket (July)

Good To Firm

Pertemps Network July Cup Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series)

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

Runners: 8 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

3/1 (Won)

  • Win: £3.50
  • Place: £1.30

Form: 11-111 D

Last run: 22 days

W: 9st 2lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 117

Form & Verdict

Unraced on heavy, acts on any other ground; very well treated off 94 in handicap on the 2,000 Guineas card, then followed up in Newbury Listed event (made all) later in May; overcame a poor start to land the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot most recently, taking record over 6f to 5-5; that latest performance needs marking up, given the circumstances; ideally needs to break on terms, as he may not get away with another sloppy stalls-exit at this level, but otherwise holds strong claims; fast-improving 3yo colt.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

16th

11

(5)

9th Sep 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

15:35 Haydock

Shaquille

9st 3lb

J: James Doyle

T: Julie Camacho

It's a concern he's reared at the start and been slowly away the last twice, but he recovered each time to post impressive Group 1 wins in the Commonwealth Cup (6f, good to firm) and the July Cup (6f, good to soft); has won seven of his eight starts and on form he stands out as the one to beat.

10/11

1st

9

(9)

15th Jul 2023

Good To Firm

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

16:35 Newmarket (July)

Shaquille

9st 2lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Julie Camacho

reared start and slowly away, pulled hard, raced in last, rapid headway and went second 4f out, led under 3f out, ridden and hung left final furlong, kept on well

3/1

1st

8

(4)

23rd Jun 2023

Good To Firm

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

15:05 Ascot

Shaquille

9st 2lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Julie Camacho

reared start and slowly away

9/1

33/1

  • Place: £5.00

Form: 42-419 C

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 8lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 112

Form & Verdict

Listed scorer at Salisbury (6f, good to firm) in May; outran his 150-1 odds behind Kinross in Ascot Group 1 last October but failed to repeat that effort, returned to the top level, at Royal Ascot three weeks ago; opposed on balance of form.

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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

11th

7

(13)

18th Apr 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

15:00 Newmarket

Run To Freedom

9st 9lb

J: Trevor Whelan

T: Henry Candy

Twice runner-up at Group 1 level, including in last year's July Cup; lacked consistency otherwise in 2023 but he's a leading player on ratings in this field; luckless fourth, having met traffic issues, in this contest in 2022.

11/1

5th

4

(5)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

13:50 Ascot

Run To Freedom

9st 4lb

J: Trevor Whelan

T: Henry Candy

Chased home Kinross when 150-1 for this race last year and showed that was no fluke with a second Group 1 silver medal in this season's July Cup (28-1; Kinross third and Art Power fourth); needs to put a poor run in Haydock's Sprint Cup behind him but he's clearly a contender if performing to his best; unraced on extremes of going.

20/1

11th

6

(15)

9th Sep 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

15:35 Haydock

Run To Freedom

9st 5lb

J: Trevor Whelan

T: Henry Candy

Listed winner at Salisbury (6f, good to firm) in May and runner-up to Shaquille in the July Cup at Newmarket (6f, good to soft) last time, which is the second time he's been runner-up in a Group 1; each-way contender.

14/1

11/4

  • Place: £1.70

Form: 1113-7 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 119

Form & Verdict

Record of 6-10 on softer than good, compared to just 1-11 on good/faster; that said, went close in the 2022 Breeders' Cup Mile on a firm surface; completed a notable hat-trick last autumn, including Group 1 wins over 7f at Longchamp and 6f at Ascot; a leading contender, provided he's at concert pitch with Royal Ascot reappearance (seventh to Khaadem) under his belt.

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2nd

2

(8)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

13:50 Ascot

Kinross

9st 4lb

J: Frankie Dettori

T: Ralph Beckett

Admirable campaigner from 6f-1m whose hat-trick of successes last autumn included a clearcut victory in this race; has continued the excellent work this season, winning the Lennox and City Of York (both 7f Group 2s) in August and arguably unlucky not to add a second Group 1 Foret three weeks ago to his haul; handles all types of ground and once more looks the one to beat.

13/8

1st

4

(6)

26th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

0m 7f 0y

Class 1

15:00 York

Kinross

9st 8lb

J: Frankie Dettori

T: Ralph Beckett

Splendidly tough 6yo who won this race on quick ground last year, beating five of today's rivals, and saw off Isaac Shelby by a neck in the Lennox Stakes at Goodwood (7f, good to soft) this month; gets on well with Frankie Dettori and represents a stable in fine form; leading contender.

13/8

1st

4

(1)

1st Aug 2023

Good To Soft

0m 7f 0y

Class 1

16:00 Goodwood

Kinross

9st 5lb

J: Frankie Dettori

T: Ralph Beckett

Record of 6-11 on softer than good, compared to just 1-11 on good/faster; completed a notable hat-trick last autumn, including Group 1 wins over 7f and 6f; last month's third in July Cup shows he retains plenty of ability; won this race in 2021 and nearly completed a Lennox double (neck second; best of those held up) last year; leading claims back here.

6/5

20/1

Form: 66-810 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 8lb

6 yo Colt

OR: 114

Form & Verdict

Very smart sprinter on his day and ran well (fourth of 19) in this race two years ago; however, has gained all four Group wins in Ireland, the most recent at the Curragh (6f, good) in May; well below par in home-soil races won by Azure Blue and Khaadem otherwise this term; opposed.

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Verdict Starting price

1st

1

(1)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

13:50 Ascot

Art Power

9st 4lb

J: David Allan

T: Tim Easterby

Fourth, fourth and eighth in the last three runnings of this event; showed himself as good as ever with Irish Group 2 wins in May (6f, good) and July (5f, soft) but he's been subdued since and is now 0-14 at the top level.

20/1

14/1

Form: -06031 CD

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 8lb

7 yo Horse

OR: 117

Form & Verdict

Fourth in this race in 2020; belatedly broke his Group 1 duck with an 80-1 win at Royal Ascot (6f, good to firm) three weeks ago, albeit with the cards dropping perfectly under Jamie Spencer who executes waiting rides on the Ascot straight track so brilliantly; possibilities if he backs up the form but this race isn't guaranteed to pan out so favourably.

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5th

3

(8)

9th Sep 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

15:35 Haydock

Khaadem

9st 5lb

J: Jamie Spencer

T: Charles Hills

Everything fell right when given a tremendous hold-up ride by Jamie Spencer to win at 80-1 in the Group 1 Jubilee Stakes (6f, good to firm) at Royal Ascot in June; that may prove to be a one-off but he kept on for a fair seventh over York's speedy 5f in the Nunthorpe and he should get a suitably strong pace in this big field now back up in trip; not ruled out.

25/1

7th

2

(10)

25th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

0m 5f 0y

Class 1

15:35 York

Khaadem

9st 13lb

J: Jamie Spencer

T: Charles Hills

Given a tremendous hold-up ride to win the Group 1 Jubilee Stakes (6f, good to firm) at Royal Ascot which was the only time he's been ridden by today's jockey Jamie Spencer; won 5f Group 2 at Goodwood last July and good to soft ground probably wasn't ideal when fifth in the July Cup last time; however, whether Spencer will be able to repeat the Royal Ascot tactics successfully over this speedy 5f is questionable; fourth in this race last year.

20/1

Form: 411-11 CD

Last run: 59 days

W: 9st 5lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 114

Form & Verdict

Acts on good to firm and good to soft ground (unraced on soft/heavy); highly progressive 6f filly who led close home in the Duke Of York Stakes two months ago on first Group attempt, completing a four-timer in the process; has a record of 4-5 on the Newmarket tracks and commands major respect back here, with her improvement looking set to continue.

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6th

6

(1)

15th Jul 2023

Good To Firm

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

16:35 Newmarket (July)

Azure Blue

9st 5lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Michael Dods

took keen hold

7/2

Form: 616100 D

Last run: 25 days

W: 9st 5lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 108

Form & Verdict

Very useful mare but is ground dependent, having gained all turf wins on soft/heavy, the most recent in 5f Group 3 on the other course here in May; pair of duck eggs on good going since and her chance looks poor unless she gets ideal conditions.

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2nd

7

(2)

4th May 2024

Good

0m 5f 0y

Class 1

14:55 Newmarket

Vadream

9st 6lb

J: Kieran Shoemark

T: Charlie Fellowes

Acts on good ground but nearly all her best form is on slow surfaces and she found the best finish to win this race 12 months ago on her first C&D start; comes here with a satisfactory reappearance under her belt and the more testing the ground the better her chance.

8/1

3rd

9

(3)

19th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

0m 5f 10y

Class 1

17:45 Bath

Vadream

9st 8lb

J: Callum Shepherd

T: Charlie Fellowes

midfield

7/2

Form: 11-012 D BF

Last run: 22 days

W: 9st 2lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 119

Form & Verdict

Crowned the European champion 2yo last term; it's still not totally clear that he has fully trained on, having taken advantage of a near-side track bias at Haydock (won Group 2) in May then failed to justify favouritism (beaten just over 1l by Shaquille) in the Commonwealth Cup, but those bare performances still represent smart form; brilliant in Curragh Group 1 last August and that power-packed display is not yet forgotten.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

8th

8

(4)

15th Jul 2023

Good To Firm

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

16:35 Newmarket (July)

Little Big Bear

9st 2lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: A P O’Brien

Crowned the European champion 2yo last term; it's still not totally clear that he has fully trained on, having taken advantage of a near-side track bias at Haydock (won Group 2) in May then failed to justify favouritism (beaten just over 1l by Shaquille) in the Commonwealth Cup, but those bare performances still represent smart form; brilliant in Curragh Group 1 last August and that power-packed display is not yet forgotten.

4/1

2nd

2

(2)

23rd Jun 2023

Good To Firm

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

15:05 Ascot

Little Big Bear

9st 2lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: A P O’Brien

Had a few excuses for his 2,000 Guineas flop; star performer over sprint distances otherwise and subsequently justified favouritism in the Sandy Lane Stakes at Haydock (6f, good to firm; beat Shouldvebeenaring) where he gained an advantage by racing near the stands' rail but won well enough to think he retains plenty of his juvenile talent; crowned last year's European champion 2yo having been so impressive in the Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh on good ground, and that brilliant success represents the best form in this field; won the Windsor Castle here 12 months ago; has to be greatly feared.

Evs

1st

4

(7)

27th May 2023

Good To Firm

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

15:00 Haydock

Little Big Bear

9st 2lb

J: Frankie Dettori

T: A P O’Brien

Carried all before him as a 2yo, signing off with convincing 7l success in Group 1 Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh (6f, good; made virtually all); returned sore and wasn't seen again until the 2,000 Guineas when he pulled hard and folded tamely, finishing lame; today's drop back down in distance seems an obvious move, and he's the one to beat if back to his best, but there must be a question mark after such a poor run just three weeks ago.

11/8

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Payout
Exacta £551.00
Straight Forecast £737.50
Tricast £2607.80
Trifecta £3907.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Azure Blue

RP RATINGS:

Kinross

D Express:

Shaquille

POSTDATA:

Khaadem

The Star:

Shaquille

THE NORTH:

Azure Blue

The Times:

Azure Blue

The Guardian:

Azure Blue

Daily Mail:

Azure Blue

Daily Mirror:

Azure Blue

The Sun:

Azure Blue

Daily Record:

Azure Blue

TOPSPEED:

Kinross

Telegraph:

Kinross

LAMBOURN:

Khaadem