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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.
Previous July Cup Winners
| 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||F 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|
O’Brien confirms July Cup winner may head to York
Exciting Coolmore shuttle sire No Nay Never took centre stage with a notable Group double at Newmarket on Sunday featuring the G1 July Cup win by possible Everest contender Ten Sovereigns.
ParisLongchamp victory caps Ballydoyle’s successful weekend
Singapore sprinter Lim’s Cruiser finished a closing sixth in the £500,000 (S$850,000) Group 1 Darley July Cup (1200m) at Newmarket on Saturday.
There was joy with the win of Mystery Power in the G2 Superlative at Newmarket for the King Power Syndicate.
Ten Sovereigns will be considered as a prospect for Coolmore in the $14 million Everest in Sydney after his win in the July Cup at Newmarket.
O’Brien runner claims clear-cut Group One verdict
One Master may have been favourite in the Falmouth but it was Sir Michael Stoute who gave a master class.
Meade colt is joint top-rated in high-class field
When the stalls open for Saturday’s (13th July) Group 1 Darley July Cup at Newmarket’s July Course most eyes will be on Frankie Dettori aboard the favourite, Advertise.
Cape Byron adds further strength to Group One feature
July Cup, and jockeys’ championship, both on wish-list
Haydock Park stages the richest and most prestigious contest of its Flat season on Saturday, September 7, the G1 32Red Sprint Cup, for which 34 top-class entries are revealed today.
Trainer Stephen Gray could not have hoped for a better booking for his champion sprinter Lim’s Cruiser in this Saturday’s £500,000 (S$850,000) Group 1 Darley July Cup (1200m) at Newmarket – John Egan.