Newmarket Big Races Preview

Newmarket Big Races Preview

Newmarket Host there annual three day July festival with all races being taken part on the July Course. Starting on Thursday and finishing on Saturday there are Group 1, 2 and 3 contests that will be sure to excite.

Green, pink sash and cap, white sleeves (Mr K Abdullah)

Newmarket 1:50 – First Eleven 3/1 Win

The first race of the three day meeting is the Bahrain Trophy Stakes over 1 mile 5 furlongs. This Group 3 over the years has been won by some fantastic horses and is seen as a stepping stone for horses to move up to better Group races.

The John Gosden trained First Eleven is the pick of the field and can really show his potential for a yard that have done really well in this race previously .

A lightly raced horse that on his three starts this year has figures of 213 placing in all of them. Last time out at Royal Ascot he finished a credible third in the Class 2 King George V stakes where he was badly hampered and very unlucky not to go and win it. He can put that right on Thursday.

Claret, gold braid, claret sleeves, claret cap, gold tassel (Qatar Racing Limited)

Newmarket 2:25 – Legends Of War 3/1 Win

Another Group race on the Thursday and the second race of the meeting is the Arqana July Stakes for Colts and Geldings over 6 furlongs. This race will see some of the best two year old sprinters go head to head with some of them looking to overturn there last meeting.

A Horse who looks interesting is the John Gosden trained Legends Of War. This horse out of Scat Daddy was bought at auction for £900,000 and has showed real potential on his only start.

The two year old won on his first ever race at Yarmouth in a Class 3 and looked very impressive. He has the pedigree to be one the best sprinters of his generation and this Group 2 can be a stepping stone for that.

Silver, tassel on cap (Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum)

Thursday 3:35 – De Ex Bee 7/2 Win

The final Group race on the Thursday is the Princess Of Wales’s Arqana Racing Club Stakes over 1 mile 4 furlongs. This race has previously been a race for horses that have tried it at Group 1 level and have been outclassed and this is the same this year.

The best horse in the race from form this year is the Mark Johnston trained De Ex Bee. His Second in the Epsom Derby was an unbelievable achievement for the horse at a big price but his second Group 1 effort in the Irish Derby was disappointing finishing seventh when he was heavily tipped to win it.

Dropping back to Group 2 can see this horse get back to his best in an easier field of runners to what he has previously been up against and if producing anything like his Epsom Derby run he will be hard to beat.

Yellow, black sash, black sleeves, yellow armlets, yellow cap, black star (Mr Saif Ali)

Friday 2:25 – Main Edition 3/1 Win

The first Group race on the Friday is the second race of the day with the Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes over 6 furlongs for Fillies’ only. This race is for young sprinters who will in the future become Group 1 sprinters.

The Mark Johnston trained youngster Main Edition has been very exciting to watch so far this season, winning all three of her starts. Her last outing was the most impressive of the three with her performance at Royal Ascot.

She Blitzed a field of 17 in the Albany Stakes and will be going against alot of the field she beat that day. Although stepping up to Group 2 level she is good enough to compete and will be looking to keep her unbeaten record.

Silver, tassel on cap (Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum)

Friday 3:35 – Threading 10/1 E/W

The First Group 1 of the day and the July meeting comes in the Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes over 1 mile for Fillies’ and Mares. This race is for the best female horses over a mile with an expected field of top class horses.

The clear favourite and horse that should win the race on Friday is the Jessica Harrington trained Alpha Centauri but at a price of 4/6 the value in this race comes with Each Way betting.

Threading for Mark Johnston takes up this role perfectly and the better bet in this race. An ever improving horse that last time out at Royal Ascot finished second behind Alpha Centauri but ran on well behind her.

If she can produce a similar run in this Group 1 contest she won’t be out of the placings and at a better price then other fillies who should finish behind the favourite, Threading is the best pick.

Royal blue (Godolphin)

Saturday 2:15 – Dreamfield 14/1 E/W

The Final Group 1 of the July meeting and the feature race of the festival is the Darley July Cup Stakes over 6 furlongs. This race in the past has been contested by some brilliant sprinters that have gone down in the hall of fame.

This years renewal does not disappoint either with the best three year old and above sprinters on the planet coming together for a magnificent spectacle.

The horse that has a point to prove stepping in class massively is Dreamfield, this John Gosden trained four year old has a huge amount of potential that could come to fore front on Saturday.

Last time out at Royal Ascot he finished a brilliant second out of 28 horses only losing on the line. he showed that day the raw pace he posses and in a smaller field he could be in the mix again.

Although last time out this colt lost his unbeaten record his run gives a credible basis of what we can expect from him.

This race is against a tougher field of runners to that day but there is no reason today he can’t step up and prove to everyone that the hype around this horse is warranted, if getting a good break from the stalls this horse will be in the mix.

Harry Angel (left) ridden by Adam Kirby leads the field home and wins the 32Red Sprint Cup Stakes during 32Red Sprint Cup Day at Haydock Park Racecourse.