Advertise Headlines 15-Runner July Cup Field

Advertise Headlines 15-Runner July Cup Field

Commonwealth Cup winner Advertise headlines fifteen runners for the Darley July Cup at HQ this weekend, after the first declaration stage on Monday.

Martyn Meade's star surged back to form in the champion three-year-old sprint at Royal Ascot last month, after being well-beaten in the Qipco 2,000 Guineas on Newmarket's other course - the Rowley Mile in May.

The first time blinkers and the return to six furlongs certainly suited last year's Group One Keeneland Phoenix Stakes winner, who also finished as the runner-up to Too Darn Hot and Calyx in the Dewhurst and Coventry respectively in his juvenile campaign.

His main rival in the betting looks set to be Sir Michael Stoute's Dream Of Dreams who has rapidly improved over the last twelve months, and produced a career best when finishing a head second to the-now retired Blue Point in the Diamond Jubilee.

However, Cape Byron will certainly have a case for victory after bolting up in the Wokingham in Berkshire in the style of a group performer.

Roger Varian's five-year-old will climb up to a first-time British Class One event having looked positively out out of place in handicap company last time out.

(Credit: AtTheRaces) Trainer Varian said: “It is a big jump from a Wokingham to a July Cup – but he is rated 113, so that should not unsettle him.

“He is streetwise and has been around now, and is pretty uncomplicated.

“He goes on any ground bar very soft. There is a bit of rain around this week. It doesn’t look at this stage that it will get very soft, but it would concern me if the ground got very soft.

“He is a nice horse to have going into the July Cup.”

Aidan O'Brien will be represented by Commonwealth Cup fourth Ten Sovereigns - who was unbeaten as a two-year-old, including a Group One victory in the Middle Park Stakes here last term.

Like Advertise, he failed to stay in the Guineas, but does have plenty to make amends for having been sent off a short-price favourite when beaten by Meade's stablestar at Ascot.

Fillies' Fairyland and So Perfect could also star for team Ballydoyle while Aidan's son Joseph could send Speak In Colours, who scored impressively on Irish Derby day.

The 2016 winner Limato along with Brando remain in tact after good wins last time out put themselves back on the map.

Trainer Kevin Ryan also has consistent sprinter Major Jumbo, with Pretty Pollyanna, Glorious Journey, Donjuan Triumphant and the overseas raider Lim’s Cruiser completing the list.