16:25 Newmarket

Saturday 9 July 2022

All13:3014:0514:4015:1515:5016:2517:00

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

  • 3YO plus  |   Class 1  |   6f  |   Good to Firm (Good in places)  |   13 Runners  |   Turf
  • Weighed In
  • Off time: 16:28  |   Winning time: 1m 9.47s
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(12)
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Artoriusb21
Age: 4|  Weight: 9-8| J: J P Spencer| T: A & S Freedman| OR:  112| D
8/1
Smart performer in Australia, successful in Group 1 3-y-o sprint in February 2021. Plenty of good runs since, and rattled home to finish a narrow third in the Platinum Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot 3 weeks ago. This track is unlikely to suit his style.
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3
(9)
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Creative Force21
Age: 4|  Weight: 9-8| J: W Buick| T: C Appleby| OR:  118| CD
9/2
Very smart operator who won the Champion Sprint Stakes at Ascot last year and almost added another Group 1 when narrowly denied by stablemate Naval Crown in the Platinum Jubilee at Royal Ascot 3 weeks ago
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4
(11)
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Emaraaty Ana21
Age: 6|  Weight: 9-8| J: T Eaves| T: K A Ryan| OR:  114| D
66/1
Won the Haydock Sprint Cup in September but has failed to fire this year. Set for another struggle.
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5
(13)
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Naval Crown21
Age: 4|  Weight: 9-8| J: James Doyle| T: C Appleby| OR:  118| D
4/1
Very smart colt. Career best when winning 24-runner Platinum Jubilee Stakes (33/1) at Royal Ascot (6f, good to firm) 21 days ago by neck from Creative Force. Has good chance on form.
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6
(14)
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Alcohol Free21
Age: 4|  Weight: 9-5| J: Rob Hornby| T: A M Balding| OR:  112| D
14/1
Very smart filly who won three races at the top level last year but doesn't look quite the same filly this time round, comfortably held by Naval Crown in the Platinum Jubilee last time.
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7
(5)
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Double Or Bubble21
Age: 5|  Weight: 9-5| J: Jack Mitchell| T: C F Wall| OR:  108| D
28/1
Likeable mare who goes well here (albeit on the Rowley course) but found the Platinum Jubilee a bit too hot at Royal Ascot. Likely to be outclassed again.
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8
(1)
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Happy Romance21
Age: 4|  Weight: 9-5| J: S M Levey| T: R Hannon| OR:  110| D
20/1
Smart filly who produced yet another likeable display when only 1½ lengths seventh in the Platinum Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot. Would need everything to drop perfectly to land this, though.
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9
(7)
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Romantic Proposal75
Age: 6|  Weight: 9-5| J: C D Hayes| T: E Lynam| OR:  112| D
16/1
Smart mare who cruised through the race when making a winning return in a listed event at Naas 75 days ago. This demands more, but her strong-travelling style should aid her cause.
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10
(10)
Horse silk
Cadamostob22
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-2| J: J A Heffernan| T: A P O'Brien| OR:  110
33/1
Lightly-raced colt who took a marked step forward in first-time blinkers when an excellent fourth behind Perfect Power in the Commonwealth Cup last time. Has a bit to find even if the headgear works again.
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11
(2)
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Flaming Rib22
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-2| J: B A Curtis| T: H Palmer| OR:  113| D
17/2
Smart colt. Latest win at Chester in May. Creditable 1¼ lengths second of 20 to Perfect Power in Commonwealth Cup (14/1) at Royal Ascot (6f, good to firm) 22 days ago. Not discounted.
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12
(6)
Horse silk
King Hermes62
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-2| J: Ryusei Sakai| T: Y Yahagi| D
33/1
Smart colt. 2½ lengths sixth of 18 to Danon Scorpion in NHK Mile Cup at Tokyo (8f, good to firm, 174/10) 62 days ago. Something of an unknown quantity, but he's probably not up to this level.
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13
(8)
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Perfect Power22
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-2| J: C Soumillon| T: R A Fahey| OR:  117| D
9/4
Classy performer who has been getting better throughout his short career and gained a deserved breakthrough at the top level when taking the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot. Takes on his elders now, but he's the one to beat.
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14
(3)
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Twilight Jet22
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-2| J: L F Roche| T: M O'Callaghan| OR:  114| D
28/1
Smart colt who landed Group 3 Cornwallis on Rowley course (5f) in October in what was a busy 2-y-o season. Decisive winner in Group 3 company at Naas on return but failed to beat a rival in the Commonwealth Cp last time.
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Non-Runners

2
(4)
Horse silk
Blackrod21
Weight: 9-8|  Age: 4
T: M Dods  J: Connor Beasley
NR

Forecasts

Perfect Power (9/4), Naval Crown (4/1), Creative Force (9/2), Artorius (8/1), Flaming Rib (17/2), Alcohol Free (14/1), Romantic Proposal (16/1), Happy Romance (20/1), Double Or Bubble (28/1), Twilight Jet (28/1), King Hermes (33/1), Cadamosto (33/1), Blackrod (33/1), Emaraaty Ana (66/1)

Verdict

PERFECT POWER was impressive in the Commonwealth Cup last time and, while this is an even more competitive Group 1 against his elders, he makes the most appeal with the potential for even better. Stablemates Naval Crown and Creative Force, who were split by a neck when filling the first two places in the Platinum Jubilee Stakes, are likely to be on the premises again and Artorius could get involved if they go too quick.

Previous Winners

2021
Starman
Weight: 9-6  |Age: 4
9/2

Prize Money

1st: £356,422.002nd: £135,128.003rd: £67,627.004th: £33,688.005th: £16,907.006th: £8,485.00

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