After a fruitful few days, Sam Boswell looks at who he thinks could be visiting the Winners Enclosure on Saturday, including the July Cup.
The July Cup at Newmarket is the highlight of the day, the 15:35 over six furlongs has a number of brilliant sprinters competing over the trip. The ground will be on the softer side, having had significant rain over the last couple of days.
That should be no hindrance to the favourite Golden Horde, who as a three-year-old is going to be in receipt of weight from many in this field. Clive Cox’s sprinter was a very taking winner last time out at Royal Ascot.
There’s plenty to like about this three-year-old by Lethal Force. Adam Kirby won on him that day in the Commonwealth Cup, on good to soft going, beating a very talented Wes Ward horse.
Trainer Clive Cox also comes into the event boasting a healthy strike rate at the moment and it looks like Golden Horde is the one to beat in the July Cup.
The Bunbury Cup rounds off a cracking card at Newmarket. Over the seven furlongs, we see plenty of Royal Ascot runners reappearing for the first time since then.
It is the unexposed Tomfre that appeals to me though; Ralph Beckett’s horse was a course and distance winner here whilst only a three-year-old.
The horse looks to have plenty of talent in abundance and also boasts a soft ground win on the CV, which could be important given the recent rain. If it drys out I don’t think that will be too much of an issue.
Second last time out at Sandown over the trip, this horse just looks like he might have a bit more in hand than his mark of 98 suggests at the moment. Harry Bentley, a top-notch jockey, takes the ride is in fair form recently having had a good winner at York earlier in the week