Newmarket July Starts Thursday

This meeting fills a spot between Royal Ascot and Goodwood and is very popular.

Thursday's card contains 3 group races – the Bahrain Trophy G3 over 2600m, the July Stakes G2 over 1200m and the Princess of Wales's Stakes G2 over 2400m.

The Bahrain Trophy over 2600m sees Michael Bell's Eagles By Day emerge as the stable's successor to Big Orange.  He recently ran third in the King Edward VIII and is on 9/4, with Danny Tudhope riding.  Barbados was second in the Queen's Vase and is 3/1 for Aidan O'Brien and Ryan Moore.  Nayef Road chased Barbados in that race and is on 6/1 for Mark Johnston and Silvestre de Souza.

The July Stakes over the 1200m has a field of 8 2yo c&g here headed by Visinari for the Gosden-Dettori team.  A course and distance winner here, Visinari looks to be a promising type and comes into this on 11/10.  Guildsman is 7/2 for Archie Watson with Oisin Murphy riding and the Coolmore raiders King Neptune and Royal Lytham are on 9/1.

The Princess of Wales's Stakes has only 6 runners but there are some super stars here.  2018 Derby winner Masar is having his second up after a long layoff and his stable say he is in great form.  He's on 5/2 for Appleby-Doyle-Godolphin but he will need to be back to his best to hold Mirage Dancer 9/4 for Sir Michael Stoute and Ryan Moore.  Dashing Willoughby won the Queen's Vase and beat Masar in the process and is on a very generous 12/1 for Andrew Balding-Oisin Murphy.

Recently at Roscommon a 16yo horse – See Double You became the oldest winner in Ireland for 32 years.  He had also won in September and that was his 10th win, with his 11th coming at Roscommon.
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