Washington DC Can Govern July Stakes Betting for Each Way Punters
Saturday 8th July 2016, 4.35pm - July Cup (Newmarket)
Few races during the flat season are as eagerly anticipated as the July Cup and we have a stellar field of 18 engaged for the big sprint race this weekend with the betting wide open. The July Cup is course a Group 1 contest run over 6f at the HQ of flat racing and with the ground expected to be proper quick summer ground, it should be a thrilling renewal.
- Only two of the last eight winners of the July Cup were aged three
- Only one horse older than five has won the July Cup since 1939 - Les Arcs (2006)
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|Tips||Washington DC Each Way Best Bet||@ 40 / 1|
Royal Ascot Winners Towards The Head of the Betting
The July Cup is so special because it will be the first time the 3YO sprinters step up to take on their elders and it is the first chance we get to assess the quality of the younger sprint class of 2016. A number of these obviously ran at Royal Ascot last time out with three winners from the Royal Meeting all clashing on what should be a race for the ages.
Twilight Son won the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Ascot for Henry Candy and that piece of form ensures he is a rock solid contender for the July Cup. Last season he chased home the brilliant Muhaarar, winner of the July Cup last year, in the Sprint Stakes on Champions Day and that really is form of the highest quality and form that gives him a great chance at Newmarket if he can replicate it on Saturday.
The feeling is that Twilight Son does tend to be at his best when there is some juice in the ground which would be a worry but his form if late is top class and as such he is an 11/2 shot with Bet365 to win the July Cup.
Profitable (8/1) was another winner at the Royal Meeting with his win in the 5f Kings Stand Stakes also on soft ground. Like Twilight Son, the majority of his best form has been with some cut in the ground but there is no doubt that Profitable is respected as he steps up in trip to 6f this weekend.
The third Group 1 winner from Royal Ascot running in the July Cup is Quiet Reflection who proved best of the 3YO horses when winning the Commonwealth Cup on good to soft ground. He has won his last five starts and appears to be improving with every start which does make him interesting this weekend although this will need another career best up against her elders, although she will have weight and sex allowances in her favour at 15/2 with Bet Victor.
Magical Memory Ready to Run A Big Race
The three Royal Ascot winners are of course the first place to start when having a bet here but the ground was fairly soft during the Royal Meeting and with the conditions set to be that much faster this weekend, we are happy to look elsewhere for our selection.
One horse that will certainly benefit from quicker conditions is Magical Memory who has looked on the verge of a big race win for some time now for Charlie Hills. Beaten four times so far by Twilight Son, Magical Memory does have form to find there but he was a close up 4th in the Diamond Jubilee last time out and back on a sounder surface, Magical Memory does make appeal this weekend at 6/1 with Betway.
The two Aidan O'Brien entries are also of interest with Air Force Blue and Washington DC both offering different betting prospects. One of the hottest prospects in training just a few short months ago, Air Force Blue (12/1) has bombed out on both his starts so far as a 3YO in the English and Irish Guineas and although he remains best watched, a drop back to 6f is interesting.
Washington DC is the other Ballydoyle entry here and he is one that will be suited to a return to a sounder surface. He ran well when 3rd in the Commonwealth Cup behind Quiet Reflection but at a very big price, he could well reverse that form with much quicker ground in his favour which means that 40/1 is a massive price about his each way claims.
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