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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

DateHorseJockeyWTTrainerBP
TEN SOVEREIGNS (IRE) 3C
NO NAY NEVER (USA) - SEEKING SOLACE (GB) EXCEED AND EXCEL (AUS)
RYAN MOORE57.0A P O'BRIEN12
U S NAVY FLAG (USA) 3C
WAR FRONT (USA) - MISTY FOR ME (IRE) GALILEO (IRE)
RYAN MOORE57.0A P O'BRIEN12
HARRY ANGEL (IRE) 3C
DARK ANGEL (IRE) - BEATRIX POTTER (IRE) CADEAUX GENEREUX (IRE)
ADAM KIRBY57.0C G COX6
LIMATO (IRE) 4G
TAGULA (IRE) - COME APRIL (GB) SINGSPIEL (IRE)
HARRY BENTLEY60.0H CANDY16
MUHAARAR (GB) 3C
OASIS DREAM (GB) - TAHRIR (IRE) LINAMIX (FR)
PAUL HANAGAN57.0C HILLS7
SLADE POWER (IRE) 5H
DUTCH ART (GB) - GIRL POWER (IRE) KEY OF LUCK (USA)
W M LORDAN60.0EDWARD LYNAM13
LETHAL FORCE (IRE) 4H
DARK ANGEL (IRE) - LAND ARMY (IRE) DESERT STYLE (IRE)
ADAM KIRBY59.5C G COX4
MAYSON (GB) 4H
INVINCIBLE SPIRIT (IRE) - MAYLEAF (GB) PIVOTAL (GB)
PAUL HANAGAN59.5R A FAHEY11
DREAM AHEAD (USA) 3C
DIKTAT (GB) - LAND OF DREAMS (GB) CADEAUX GENEREUX (GB)
HAYLEY TURNER56.5DAVID SIMCOCK2
STARSPANGLEDBANNER (AUS) 3C
CHOISIR (AUS) - GOLD ANTHEM (AUS) MADE OF GOLD (USA)
J MURTAGH59.5A P O'BRIEN11
FLEETING SPIRIT (IRE) 4M
INVINCIBLE SPIRIT (IRE) - MILLENNIUM TALE (FR) DISTANT RELATIVE (GB)
T P QUEALLY58.0J NOSEDA9
MARCHAND D'OR (FR) 5G
MARCHAND DE SABLE (USA) - FEDORA (FR) KENDOR (FR)
DAVY BONILLA59.5F HEAD9
SAKHEE'S SECRET (GB) 3C
SAKHEE (USA) - PALACE STREET (USA) SECRETO (USA)
STEVE DROWNE56.5H MORRISON16
LES ARCS (USA) 6G
ARCH (USA) - LA SARTO (USA) CORMORANT (USA)
JOHN EGAN59.5T J PITT15
PASTORAL PURSUITS (GB) 4H
BAHAMIAN BOUNTY (GB) - STAR (GB) MOST WELCOME (GB)
JOHN EGAN59.5H MORRISON10
FRIZZANTE (GB) 5M
EFISIO (GB) - JULIET BRAVO (GB) GLOW (USA)
J MURTAGH58.0JAMES FANSHAWE18
OASIS DREAM (GB) 3C
GREEN DESERT (USA) - HOPE (IRE) DANCING BRAVE (USA)
R HUGHES56.5JOHN GOSDEN11
CONTINENT (GB) 5G
LAKE CONISTON (IRE) - KRISIA (GB) KRIS (GB)
D HOLLAND59.5D NICHOLLS2
MOZART (IRE) 3C
DANEHILL (USA) - VICTORIA CROSS (USA) SPECTACULAR BID (USA)
M KINANE56.5A P O'BRIEN19
AGNES WORLD (USA) 5H
DANZIG (USA) - MYSTERIES (USA) SEATTLE SLEW (USA)
YUTAKA TAKE59.5HIDEYUKI MORI6

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