2014 July Cup Odds: Edward Lynam Holds All The Power In Newmarket Group 1

The big race at Newmarket on Saturday afternoon is the Group 1 July Cup, a six furlong sprint and the latest leg of the British Champions Series and Global Sprint Challenge. Sixteen runners are set to go to post on day three of the July Meeting including two Royal Ascot winners, two course and distance winners and a trio of Ballydoyle entries.

The betting is headed by the Edward Lynam trained Slade Power, unbeaten in two starts this season and last seen winning the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Ascot's Royal Meeting last month. Owned by the family who run Paddy Power, the bookie are well aware of the threat the horse going odds of 5/2 opposed to the best price 11/4 which is widely available.

The five year old by Dutch Art holds form over a number of the runners in Saturday's race, including second favourite Due Diligence whom he beat by one and half lengths last time at Ascot. Paddy Power are a 5/1 chance about the second favourite trained by Aiden O'Brien who ran a career best that day.

Spanish Raider Noozhoh Canarias is next in the betting at odds of 6/1. The three year old colt steps back in trip to six furlongs having finished sixth in the red hot 2,000 Guineas early in the season. The colt does have form over the shorter trip, winning twice as a two year old back in Spain and remains something of an unknown quantity.

Paul Hanagan has been in good form this season and he teams up with Roger Varian aboard the Hamdan Al Maktoum entry Aljamaaheer. The five year old by Dubawi has one and three quarter lengths to find on Slade Power having finished behind the favourite and Due Diligence on his last start. Bet Victor go best price 9/1 about his chances which looks a decent each-way price.

Three year old Hot Streak steps up in trip on Saturday for Qatar Racing, the three year old last seen finishing third in the Group 1 King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot. Trained by Kevin Ryan, the little bit of cut in the ground would be a big positive for this Iffraaj colt.

Winner of the King's Stand, Sole Power, looks a big price here at 14/1 with Paddy Power. Like the favourite, the seven year old is trained by Edward Lynam in Ireland for the Power family and comes here off the back of a Royal Ascot win. That victory came over five furlongs, which is his preferred trip, but the way he is ridden from the back he could still get produced late by Richard Hughes to the same effect as he did last time. At 14/1, he looks a decent each-way bet given the competitive nature of such sprints.

Further down the betting, Gregorian and Astaire are both available to back at odds of 20/1. The John Gosden trained Gregorian was a one length winner of the Criterium Stakes at Newmarket last time out on soft ground, whilst Astaire trained by Kevin Ryan enjoyed Group success as a two year old over six furlongs when landing both the Gimcrack and Middle Park.

Jim Goldie saddles the likeable five year old Jack Dexter who ran in both the King's Stand and Diamond Jubilee at Ascot last month within a few days of each other, finishing seventh on both occasions. A winner on soft ground and got within a quarter length to Slade Power in October of last year.

It's 25/1 bar the rest but Edward Lynam looks to hold the cards here, with preference going for his second string Sole Power at the prices.

Tip: Sole Power (each way) @ odds of 14/1 with BetVictor.com -

2014 July Cup Odds

Posted: Friday, 11th July 2014

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