July Cup Betting Preview And Tips
Charlie Appleby's Blue Point was a superb winner of the King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot last month, and now the Godolphin sprinter is head of the latest July Cup Odds, which will light up Newmarket on Saturday afternoon, but there will be a whole host of speedsters bidding for glory in what should be a fascinating renewal.
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July Cup Odds
A one-and-three-quarter length winner over Battaash in the King's Stand, Blue Point launched into the sprinting limelight with that five-furlong win, but he now has to do the business over six furlongs on Saturday, however, the bookmakers expect him to deliver as he is the 100/30 favourite with Betfred to land this July Cup prize.
Often struggling on the big stage, Blue Point showed the class many have knew he possesses when romping to victory at the Royal meeting, but now stepping back up in trip he may just find it tough to maintain his advantage in the closing stages, and with this being a much tougher race then he could well struggle to rack up a second Group 1 prize on the bounce.
Aidan O'Brien last trained the winner of this race in 2010 when Starspangledbanner bound to victory, but the master of Ballydoyle will attempt to win it again on Saturday and he will saddle U S Navy Flag, who was last seen finishing way down the field in the St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot. A former winner of the Middle Park Stakes, the War Front colt is an eye-catching contender dropping back in trip, and it would be no surprise to see him go close at 5/1 with Betfair.
Eqtidaar (11/2 with Betfred) and Sands Of Mali (8/1 with Betfred) finished first and second in the Commonwealth Cup last month, and they will both take their chance here, and could be the two that fight it out for glory. Eqtidaar won by half-a-length that day, but Sands Of Mali found himself on the wrong side of the track that day as he had no pace to run off of, so if he can hold a position with the speed then he could turn that form around, and grab this prize.
July Cup Tips
With Sands Of Mali being our selection at an eye-catching 8/1 with Betfred then it could be worth looking for an each-way alternative, and with 14 runners heading to the 6f start then there could be some potential lively outsiders that can outrun their odds at Flat Headquarters.
John Gosden's Dreamfield will step out of handicap company on Saturday, having finished second in the Wokingham, and he is an intriguing contender at 9/1 with Coral Bookmakers, while Limato was a fine winner of this race in 2016, but the 11/1 chance with Coral has struggled to find his best form this season, and may find it tough.
At bigger prices, Sioux Nation will be the second shot fired from the O'Brien gun, but he was well beaten in the Commonwealth Cup, and will struggle at 20/1 with Betfair Sportsbook, however, James Tate's Invincible Army is a class act on his day, and having just been touched off by Sands Of Mali in the Sandy Lane Stakes then could run a huge race at 20/1 with BetVictor Bookmakers.