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2021 July Festival Preview - Dates, cards and race info

  • We've previewed the 2021 July Festival
  • This three-day meeting kicks off at Newmarket on Thursday 8th July, and ends on Saturday 10th July
  • The July Cup and Falmouth Stakes will be staged during this meeting
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Oxted ridden by jockey Cieren Fallon wins the Darley July Cup Stakes. (Getty)
Freetips staff 06 Jul 2021
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The July Festival at Newmarket headlines the racing action this week. During this popular three-day meeting, a wide array of pattern prizes will be handed out, with the final two cards featuring lucrative Group One races.

Let’s take a look at each of the three days if this year’s July Festival and preview some of the key races.

2021 July Festival Preview


2021 July Festival Day One Card – Thursday 8th July


Time
Track
Title
1:10pm Maiden Fillies Stakes Class 2
1:40pm Bahrain Trophy Group 3
2:25pm July Stakes Group 2
3:00pm bet365 Handicap (Heritage Handicap) Class 2
3:35pm Princess Of Wales's Tattersalls Stakes  Group 2
4:10pm Sir Henry Cecil Stakes Listed
4:45pm John Deere Handicap Class 3

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The opening day of racing at the July Festival kicks off with the Bahrain Trophy, where John Gosden's exciting prospect Stowell faces Gear Up and Yibir. Two-year-olds will then battle it out in the July Stakes. Eldrickjones heads the current betting, while Dig Two, Ebor River and Project Dante are not without support.

Following another thrilling renewal of the six-furlong bet365 Handicap, Al Aasy leads the runners out in this year's Princess Of Wales's Stakes. William Haggas' star will face just four rivals on Thursday, with Sir Ron Priestley, Highest Ground, Bangkok and Star Safari entered against the hot-favourite.

Viewers also have a fantastic renewal of the Sir Henry Cecil Stakes to take in on day one. One Ruler will likely head the betting, but Derab, Maximal and Baaeed will provide stiff competition.

2021 July Festival Day Two Card – Friday 9th July


Time
Title
Status
1:15pm Maiden Stakes Class 3
1:50pm bet365 Handicap (Heritage Handicap) Class 2
2:25pm Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes Group 2
3:00pm bet365 Trophy (Heritage Handicap) Class 2
3:35pm Falmouth Stakes Group 1
4:10pm Racing TV Handicap Class 3
4:45pm Moet & Chandon Handicap Class 3

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Another bet365 Heritage Handicap, this time run over ten furlongs, kicks off the televised action on day two of the July Festival. Juvenile fillies will then have their chance to shine in the Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes, where Hello You looks the likely market leader.

Some of the hardiest stayers in the sport will lock horns in the bet365 Trophy, leading us perfectly into the feature race on Friday's card, the Falmouth Stakes. 

This Group One for fillies and mares always delivers on the excitement front, and this year's renewal of the Falmouth will be no different. Alcohol Free, Snow Lantern and Mother Earth could renewal their rivalry from Royal Ascot, while Primo Bacio, Lady Bowthorpe and Indie Angel are also penciled in to run.

2021 July Festival Day Three Card – Saturday 10th July


Time
Title
Status
1:30pm Maiden Fillies' Stakes Class 3
2:05pm Fillies Handicap Class 2
2:40pm bet365 Mile Handicap Class 2
3:15pm bet365 Superlative Stakes Group 2
3:50pm Bunbury Cup (Heritage Handicap) Class 2
4:25pm Darley July Cup Group 1
5:00pm Racing TV Handicap Class 3

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The third and final day of the July Festival revolves around the July Cup, one of the most historic sprint contests in all of horse racing. Starman and defending champion, Oxted sit prominently in the current betting, while Dragon Symbol looks set to fly the flag for this year's crop of three-year-olds.

Before we reach the July Cup, viewers have two excellent handicaps to enjoy in the bet365 Handicap and the popular Bunbury Cup. Juveniles will then try to prove their stamina over seven furlongs in the Superlative Stakes, where Dhabab, Great Max and Native Trail currently head the market.

Her majesty, The Queen could have a runner in the final race of the meeting, the Racing TV Handicap, with John Gosden's Pied Piper set to run in those famous Royal silks.
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