Darley July Cup 2019


By Samantha

Inaugurated in 1876, the July Cup is a group one sprint race for three year olds and upwards. Twelve runners go to post and they’ve pretty much all been and done it.

The main superstar of the sprinting division so far this year has been Charlie Appleby’s Blue Point after his heroics at Royal Ascot by winning twice in a week. That first victory was in the King’s Stand and Fairyland took her chance in that race. She was dropping back to five furlongs for the first time in her career after running in the Guineas. She was fifth and didn’t have the pace for that.

The other race was the Jubilee and Dream Of Dreams and Lim’s Cruiser took him on that day. Dream Of Dreams was gaining and gaining on the winner with the dying strides. He’d previously won at Chelmsford and in a listed race at Windsor beating Glorious Journey. He stays all day for this trip and definitely will be bang there. Lim’s Cruiser adds an abroad interest to the race with his trainer being from New Zealand and trained in Singapore. He’s the country’s champion sprinter and a multiple group one winner. Good on his connections for coming over and trying him out in these hot English races.

Cape Byron won the Wokingham after there being a significant move on him in the betting before the race. He’d won the twenty six runner Victoria Cup before that and dropped back to six furlongs to win at the Royal Meeting, going away. The form has already been improved with the third and fourth winning nice races earlier this week. This is a big step up in grade but should go well.

Three year olds have won the last two renewals and five of the younger brigade take their chances. Advertise and Ten Sovereigns both ran in the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot. Advertise put a dismal performance in the 2000 Guineas by winning that contest and this race looks tailor made for him. He won by a length and a half to the second with Ten Sovereigns about a length further behind. Aidan O’Brien’s No Nay Never was unbeaten in his first three races including the Middle Park here. He’s a good horse and the yard won this last year but needs to step up.

The other three year olds are fillies and Aidan O’Brien is responsible for two of them – Fairyland, who I’ve already mentioned, and So Perfect. This Scat Daddy filly was third in the Fred Darling at the beginning of the season but has reverted to sprinting when she won a group three next time and then she ran in the Jersey Stakes over seven furlongs. She’s a nice filly but I’d be surprised if she landed this.

The last filly to mention is Pretty Pollyanna. She was very well-regarded at two and was one of the favourites for the 1000 Guineas but never turned up. She ran in the Irish version and was four lengths behind the winner in second. She was very impressive to do that on seasonal debut but couldn’t replicate that at Royal Ascot in the Coronation Stakes. She’s a course and distance winner.

Brando and Limato are old favourites. Brando is eight from thirty and is a multiple group three winner. He’s won here a few times and was second last year and third the year before. He’s one of those horses who constantly knocks on the door at the top level. He goes into this after winning at Hamilton last time beating a nice horse in Sands Of Mali. Limato has a remarkable fifty percent strike rate, having won twelve of his twenty four start. He won this in 2016; came second in 2017 and only managed eleventh last year. He’s gone well so far this year when he came fourth in a group two and he showed there life in the old legs when winning the Criterion Stakes, beating Glorious Journey.

Glorious Journey was beaten a quarter of a length on the last day behind Limato. He previously saw the tail end of Dream Of Dreams to be second to him and was further behind Cape Byron on his first start this year in eighth. Needs to step up markedly. Major Jumbo is a regular in big field sprints and earns her place in the line up. He’s ran in class one races all season so far and held his own well. He could squeak a place as he’s very speedy.

This is a really fascinating race, which I’m really looking forward to watching. Flashy chestnut DREAM OF DREAMS has a lot going for him based on form and the fact that he’s going to be ridden by leading-jockey Danny Tudhope and trained by in-form Sir Michael Stoute. Advertise is a smart sprinter in the making and should go well with Major Jumbo and Brando to get places.

Rest Of The Card

13:45 Ascot- Embour

14:05 York- Caspian Prince

14:20 Newmarket- Motakhayyel

14:40 York- Gold Mount

14:55 Newmarket- Mystery Power

15:15 York- Escobar

15:30 Newmarket- Solar Gold

15:50 York- Stylehunter

16:00 Ascot- Beat The Bank

16:40 Newmarket- Dream Of Dreams


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