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2020 July Festival Schedule – Dates and racecards for Newmarket’s popular three-day meeting

  • We take a look at the schedule for the 2020 July Festival
  • The meeting kicks off at Newmarket on Thursday 9th July
  • The Group One Falmouth Stakes headlines Saturday's action
  • Golden Horde and Hello Youmzain could clash in Saturday's July Cup
  • We bring you the full dates and racecards for this popular meeting
Ten Sovereigns winning the 2019 July Cup. (Getty)
Jon Vine 09 Jul 2020
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We bring you the full 2020 July Festival Schedule, providing the race cards and taking a look at which horses might appear during Newmarket’s summer meeting, which start on Thursday 9th July.

Just four weeks after the crowds at Newmarket were wowed by the Guineas Festival, flat racing HQ opens their gates again for the 2020 July Festival. This time, runners will earn their stripes on the July Course, as opposed to the 2000 and 1000 Guineas, which are run on the Rowley Mile.

Top bookmakers bet365 will be sponsoring the entire meeting in 2020 too.

Two thrilling Group One races headline Friday and Saturday’s cards during the July Festival. There’s also a handful of other pattern races and lucrative handicaps for punters to sink their teeth into. Let’s take a look at the full schedule for the 2020 July Festival.

July Festival Schedule – Day One Card (Thursday 9th July)

Race Time
Race Title
12:10British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Fillies Stakes
12:45Price Promise at bet365 Handicap Stakes
1:15Each Way Extra at bet365 Handicap Stakes
1:50Bahrain International Sir Henry Cecil Stakes
2:25Bahrain Trophy
3:00Tattersalls July Stakes
3:35bet365 Handicap Stakes
4:10Princess of Wales's Tattersalls Stakes

Thursday’s action kicks off with a range of novice stakes and handicaps. The first major race of the week is the Listed Henry Cecil Stakes, which leads into the Group Three Bahrain Trophy, won last year by Spanish Mission. 

Next up is an important race for two-year-olds, the July Stakes, which has been won by many future Group One winners down the years. Closing the action is the feature race on the card, the Princess Of Wales’s Stakes, a 12 furlong Group Two which has been won by fan’s favourites like Shantou, Millenary and Big Orange.

July Festival Schedule – Day Two Card (Friday 10th July)

Race Time
Race Title
12:10Cash Out at bet365 Handicap Stakes
12:45Each Way Extra at bet365 Handicap Stakes
1:15bet365 British EBF Maiden Stakes
1:50Price Promise at bet365 Handicap Stakes
2:25Duchess of Cambridge Stakes
3:00bet365 Trophy
3:35bet365 Handicap Stakes
4:10Falmouth Stakes

Day two at the July Festival starts with three tightly-contested handicaps. We then move on into the Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes, a Group Two which allows two-year-old fillies with the chance to prove they belong at the highest level. The bet365 Trophy is sure to attract a strong field, as will the main event on Friday’s card at Newmarket racecourse.

The Falmouth Stakes is the first Group One of the meeting, and it’s been won by many great fillies and mares down the years. Soviet Song won back-to-back Falmouth Stakes’ in 2004 and ’05. She’s been followed into the winners’ enclosure by Goldikova, Integral, Alpha Centauri and last year’s victor, Veracious.

July Festival Schedule – Day Three Card (Saturday 11th July)

Race Time
Race Title
12:10bet365 Handicap Stakes
12:45bet365 British EBF Maiden Fillies' Stakes
1:15bet365 Novice Stakes
1:50bet365 Mile Handicap
2:25British EBF Fillies Handicap Stakes
3:00bet365 Superlative Stakes
3:35bet365 Bunbury Cup
4:10July Cup

Saturday’s card kicks off in flying fashion, with two important novices’ stakes for fillies, and three lucrative handicaps. The Superlative Stakes – which features greats like Dubawi and Dr Devious on it’s roll of honour – is the first pattern race on day three’s card, which is swiftly followed by the biggest betting race of the meeting, the Bunbury Cup Handicap.

Rounding off the 2020 meeting is the most prestigious race of the week, the July Cup. This Group One has been won by many of the sport’s finest sprinter. The 2020 renewal could see two of the big winners from this year’s Royal Ascot clash, as Commonwealth Cup winner, Golden Horde and Diamond Jubilee Stakes champion, Hello Youmzain looked set to lock horns for the first time.

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2020 July Festival FAQs

When is the 2020 July Festival?

The 2020 Newmarket July Festival will start on Thursday 9th July.

Where is the July Festival held?

The July Festival is staged on the July Course at Newmarket.

What races are run during the July Festival?

There are two major Group One races during the July Festival, the Falmouth Stakes and the July Cup.

How can I watch the July Festival 2020?

The major races will be shown live on ITV Racing. If you want to stream the racing on your mobile or tablet, then visit our Live Streaming page for more details.


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