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July Cup

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History

U S NAVY FLAG winning the July Cup.
U S NAVY FLAG winning the July Cup. Picture: Pat Healy Photography

The July Cup is a Group 1 race run under Weight For Age conditions for open sprinters at Newmarket conducted by the Jockey Club.
The July Cup is run over the straight six furlongs. It was first run in 1876 and was won by Springfield.
It is one of the races forming part of the Global Sprint Challenge. The July Cup is run on the July course on the final day of the July festival.
In 1971 it was classified as a Group 2 and in 1978 was upgraded.
One of the richest sprints in Europe, it often provides the elite sprinter of the season.
Because it is a tough course with the strong uphill run over the last furlong, the three year olds need to be the best around to score. They have only won 5 of the last 15.
Often a pointer to the breeding game, some influential sires have won this before taking up stud duties. They include Oasis Dream, Agnes World, Stravinsky, Elnadim, Anabaa, Lake Coniston, Royal Academy, Cadeaux Genereux and Soviet Star.
In 2003 Oasis Dream won the July Cup, turning the tables on Choisir from a clash at Royal Ascot. He tracked Choisir all the way and grabbed him up the rise.
Another Australian sprinter Starspangledbanner, ironically by Choisir, was transferred to Ballydoyle and Aidan O’Brien got him to win the Golden Jubilee and the July Cup. He was just able to hang on in 2010.
In 2017, Harry Angel proved his class with a powerful effort and backed it up with the Sprint Cup win seven weeks later.
U S Navy Flag won the July Cup after being tried as a miler and then headed to Australia to run in the Everest for Coolmore.
Leading trainers are Charles Morton and Vincent O’Brien with five victories. Most wins as a jockey is by Lester Piggott with an amazing ten.
The July Cup is worth £500,000 in 2019.
Notable winners of the July Cup include Harry Angel (2017), Limato (2016), Muhaarar (2015), Slade Power (2014), Dream Ahead (2011), Starspangledbanner (2010), Sakhee’s Secret (2007), Les Arcs (2006), Oasis Dream (2003), Agnes World (2000), Stravinsky (1999), Elnadim (1998), Anabaa (1996), Lake Coniston (1995), Royal Academy (1990), Cadeaux Genereux (1989), Soviet Star (1988), Green Desert (1986), Saritamer (1974), Right Boy (1958/1959), Pappa Fourway (1955), Abernant (1949/1950), The Bug (1946), Diadem (1919/1920), Spanish Prince (1912/1913), Sundridge (1902/1903/1904), Ormonde (1887), Charibert (1880/1881) and Springfield (1876/1877).
The 2018 July Cup was won by U S Navy Flag from Brando and Fleet Review.


Racing and Sports

Previous July Cup Winners

Date Horse Jockey WT Trainer BP
TEN SOVEREIGNS (IRE) 3C
NO NAY NEVER (USA) - SEEKING SOLACE (GB) EXCEED AND EXCEL (AUS)
RYAN MOORE 57.0 A P O'BRIEN 12
U S NAVY FLAG (USA) 3C
WAR FRONT (USA) - MISTY FOR ME (IRE) GALILEO (IRE)
RYAN MOORE 57.0 A P O'BRIEN 12
HARRY ANGEL (IRE) 3C
DARK ANGEL (IRE) - BEATRIX POTTER (IRE) CADEAUX GENEREUX (IRE)
ADAM KIRBY 57.0 C G COX 6
LIMATO (IRE) 4G
TAGULA (IRE) - COME APRIL (GB) SINGSPIEL (IRE)
HARRY BENTLEY 60.0 H CANDY 16
MUHAARAR (GB) 3C
OASIS DREAM (GB) - TAHRIR (IRE) LINAMIX (FR)
PAUL HANAGAN 57.0 C HILLS 7
SLADE POWER (IRE) 5H
DUTCH ART (GB) - GIRL POWER (IRE) KEY OF LUCK (USA)
W M LORDAN 60.0 EDWARD LYNAM 13
LETHAL FORCE (IRE) 4H
DARK ANGEL (IRE) - LAND ARMY (IRE) DESERT STYLE (IRE)
ADAM KIRBY 59.5 C G COX 4
MAYSON (GB) 4H
INVINCIBLE SPIRIT (IRE) - MAYLEAF (GB) PIVOTAL (GB)
PAUL HANAGAN 59.5 R A FAHEY 11
DREAM AHEAD (USA) 3C
DIKTAT (GB) - LAND OF DREAMS (GB) CADEAUX GENEREUX (GB)
HAYLEY TURNER 56.5 DAVID SIMCOCK 2
STARSPANGLEDBANNER (AUS) 3C
CHOISIR (AUS) - GOLD ANTHEM (AUS) MADE OF GOLD (USA)
J MURTAGH 59.5 A P O'BRIEN 11
FLEETING SPIRIT (IRE) 4M
INVINCIBLE SPIRIT (IRE) - MILLENNIUM TALE (FR) DISTANT RELATIVE (GB)
T P QUEALLY 58.0 J NOSEDA 9
MARCHAND D'OR (FR) 5G
MARCHAND DE SABLE (USA) - FEDORA (FR) KENDOR (FR)
DAVY BONILLA 59.5 FREDDIE HEAD 9
SAKHEE'S SECRET (GB) 3C
SAKHEE (USA) - PALACE STREET (USA) SECRETO (USA)
STEVE DROWNE 56.5 H MORRISON 16
LES ARCS (USA) 6G
ARCH (USA) - LA SARTO (USA) CORMORANT (USA)
JOHN EGAN 59.5 T J PITT 15
PASTORAL PURSUITS (GB) 4H
BAHAMIAN BOUNTY (GB) - STAR (GB) MOST WELCOME (GB)
JOHN EGAN 59.5 H MORRISON 10
FRIZZANTE (GB) 5M
EFISIO (GB) - JULIET BRAVO (GB) GLOW (USA)
J MURTAGH 58.0 JAMES FANSHAWE 18
OASIS DREAM (GB) 3C
GREEN DESERT (USA) - HOPE (IRE) DANCING BRAVE (USA)
R HUGHES 56.5 JOHN GOSDEN 11
CONTINENT (GB) 5G
LAKE CONISTON (IRE) - KRISIA (GB) KRIS (GB)
D HOLLAND 59.5 D NICHOLLS 2
MOZART (IRE) 3C
DANEHILL (USA) - VICTORIA CROSS (USA) SPECTACULAR BID (USA)
M KINANE 56.5 A P O'BRIEN 19
AGNES WORLD (USA) 5H
DANZIG (USA) - MYSTERIES (USA) SEATTLE SLEW (USA)
YUTAKA TAKE 59.5 HIDEYUKI MORI 6

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