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Horses To Follow - Five beaten horses from the July Festival to back next time

  • We take a look back on the action from last week's July Festival
  • Picking out five beaten horses to add to your tracker
  • One placed fourth in the July Cup
  • Another finished last in the Falmouth Stakes

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Khaadem (centre, blue, four back) could be one to follow after his performance in the July Cup. (Getty)
Jon Vine 13 Jul 2020
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We take a look back at last week's July Festival, and pick out five beaten horses to follow during the rest of the campaign.

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Viewers were treated to three excellent day's racing during the July Festival, and several horses impressive with high-profile victories. Non-more-so than Oxted, who bolted up in the July Cup to had young jockey, Cieren Fallon the first of what will turn out to be many Group One wins.

Although there were many eye-catching winners, a few beaten horses caught my eye. Here are five who could go on to achieve big wins later in the season.

Horses To Follow - July Festival Eye-Catchers


Tactical looks a fantastic prospect for her majesty, the Queen, and was clearly the best horse in the July Stakes. One thing is for sure, though, when QAADER learns to run in a straight line, he's going to win Grouped races.

Mark Johnston's charge won on debut, despite hanging left over the final few furlongs. At Royal Ascot, and again last week, Qaader travelled powerfully into the race and was the last to come off the bridle, before proceeding to swerve from side to side when he comes under serious pressure.

Jim Crowley eased off during the final furlong at Newmarket, when he realised his chance of winning had passed. I'd be surprised if we don't see either blinkers or cheek-pieces fitted for his next run, as they could really help Qaader keep his mind on the task at hand.

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Time Scale (near) is relegated to fourth on the run to the line at Newmarket.(Getty)

Time Scale

Ralph Beckett's filly was rivalling Dandalla for favouritism in the build-up to the Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes. TIME SCALE broke smartly and travelled sweetly behind the pacesetter throughout.

When push came to shove, however, Oisin Murphy's mount jinked markedly out to her left. Murphy managed to get Time Scale back on the straight and narrow, and they were still in with a chance entering the final half-furlong, only to finish a little one-paced.

Although there's plenty in Time Scale's pedigree to suggest she would take well to a step up to seven furlongs in time, I think it was just the soft ground that dampened her finishing burst at Newmarket, so she will likely remain over six furlongs. Time Scale could still turn into a live challenger for races like the Lowther Stakes and the Cheveley Park at Newmarket, come the end of the season.

Under The Stars

A somewhat strange inclusion, you might think, as she finished last of six in the Falmouth Stakes. However, I didn't think UNDER THE STARS ran badly at all, in a race where she was clearly going to get outclassed.

I have no idea why James Tate persists on running his filly over a mile. She clearly doesn't get the trip. Under The Stars travelled nicely in the 1000 Guineas before fading in the final couple of furlongs, and she again finished one-paced over eight furlongs in the Falmouth.

If she's entered up in the seven-furlong Oak Tree Stakes, then I would be all over Under The Stars. The Sceptre Stakes, or even the six-furlong Summer Stakes at York, are also obvious options for a horse who should have no trouble winning Group Two or Three races over more appropriate trips.

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Saint Lawrence (centre) tries to track down Master Of The Seas in the Superlative Stakes. (Getty)

Saint Lawrence

Master Of The Seas gained all the plaudits after the Superlative Stakes, and deservedly so, as Charlie Appleby's colt was very impressive. One who drew my eye in behind was SAINT LAWRENCE, and he's certainly a two-year-old to follow moving forwards.

James Doyle didn't seem to have the smoothest of rides on a colt who was keen throughout. Saint Lawrence warmed to his task well and moved into contention with three furlongs to travel. Sadly, he couldn't match the winner for pace, and coasted home under a hands-and-heels ride to eventually finish fourth.

Saint Lawrence is a half-sister to stablemate Daahyeh, and runs in the same colours as his sire, Al Kazeem. The Glorious Stakes at Glorious Goodwood could be next on the agenda, as could the Vertem Futurity Trophy in the autumn. He could even be a live outsider to follow with the 2021 2000 Guineas in mind. 


Despite the fact he's only finished fourth on both his starts, there's plenty of evidence to suggest KHAADEM has improved from three to four. 

Charlie Hill's charge was very keen in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes, but was still in there pitching right until the end. The ground and draw were both against Khaadem in the July Cup, and Jim Crowley's mount got off to a shocking start. Yet, it was Khaadem who was finishing quicker than anyone as he stayed on to finish fourth.

There's no doubt in my mind that Khaadem is a Group One-calibre sprinter. Hills may even be eyeing up a tilt at the Priv Maurice de Gheest, run at Deauville next month. A big run in the Sprint Cup at Haydock, so long as the ground wasn't very soft, is not out of the question either.


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