July Cup Tips & Picks
The July Cup is one of the premier sprinting races in Britain and it's the feature race on Day 3 of the Newmarket July Festival.
The July Cup is worth £500,000 and is targetted by the major stables.
It gives the Royal Ascot contestants something to chase following the carnival and runners from the Diamond Jubilee and King's Stand Stakes often line up a month later.
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July Cup Key Facts
|Date||Saturday July 12, 2020|
|Race Type||Set weights|
July Cup day betting card 2020
The third day of the July Festival at Newmarket features seven races, including the Bunbury Cup Handicap and Superlative Stakes.
The Falmouth Stakes is run earlier in the festival.
|Race No.||Race Name|
|1||Maiden Fillies Stakes|
|3||bet365 Mile Handicap|
|4||Bunbury Cup Handicap|
|7||Sport Trophy Handicap|
2020 July Cup Information
For all information, including latest track conditions, where to buy tickets, Newmarket Racecourse parking and more, head to the Official Newmarket Website.
2020 July Cup betting selections & tips
July Cup history
Queen Victoria bred the first two July Cup winners in 1876 and 1877 with Springfield and there have been many champions take the title since.
The July Cup was elevated to Group 1 status in 1978 and it's the premier sprint race following the Royal Ascot carnival. It is also a part of the Global Sprint Challenge, which features other Group 1 sprint races from around the world.
Currently the sixth leg of the challenge, the July Cup is preceded by the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot and followed by the Sprinters Stakes in Japan.
Sundridge is the only horse to score three consecutive July Cup wins (1902-1904) and the most recent horse to win two straight was Right Boy in 1958 and 1959, with Lester Piggott in the saddle.
Success has been shared around in the July Cup, with the big breeding stables not dominating the July Cup as they have with the other high-profile UK-based thoroughbred races.
Female jockey Hayley Turner created headlines in 2011 when winning aboard Dream Ahead. It was her first Group 1 win and then three-year-old Dream Ahead would later become a successful stallion.
In 1964, champion Australian rider and five-time Caulfield Cup winner Scobie Breasley won the July Cup with Daylight Robbery. Breasley would later have a medal named after him in Australia.
Slade Power won the 2014 July Cup following his win in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes.
July Cup betting guide
Winners from 2013-2017 were all in the top three in betting, but only five of the last 12 winners were favourites.
Harry Angel was well-supported in 2017 and punters were getting great value with Limato (9/2) in 2016. Muhaarar and Slade Power scored consecutive wins as the favourite in 2014-2015, but there have been some surprise results since. Mayson won at odds of 20/1 in 2012 for Richard Fahey and it was the second 110-rated winner in the last 12 years.
The big fields make for great odds on offer and there's rarely a short-priced favourite. Bookmakers will often risk one of the well-favoured runners and punters were able to get 7/1 about Dream Ahead in 2011, despite it carrying a rating of 126 – the highest-rated winner in recent history.
July Cup race trends
- Nine of the last 12 winners were aged three or four.
- 11 of the last 12 winners had a recent run before entering the July Cup and three horses had only one run that season before winning.
- Seven of those winners had previously won a Group 1 and 11 of the 12 had won at group level.
- The lowest-rated winner in recent history was Sahkee's Secret at 108. The stallion had only five wins from eight starts on the track before being retired to stud.
- Following its July Cup win, it was crowned World Champion three-year-old sprinter
July Cup winners
|Year||July Cup winner|
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