Newmarket tips: July Cup runner-by-runner guide to Saturday’s big race

Everything you need to know about the July Cup runners at Newmarket.


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Trainer: Kevin Ryan Jockey: Tom Eaves Age: 9

Is a likeable sort but isn’t up to this level nowadays.

Art Power

Trainer: Tim Easterby Jockey: Silvestre De Sousa Age: 4

Signed off 2020 with good runs in the Sprint Cup at Haydock and Champions Sprint and was firmly back on track when third in the Diamond Jubilee last time, first home on stands’ side. Respected.

Dragon Symbol

Trainer: Archie Watson Jockey: Oisin Murphy Age: 3

Won first 4 starts and improved again when narrowly denied in Group company the last twice, losing the Commonwealth Cup in the Stewards’ Room at Royal Ascot. Worth backing to set the record straight.

Line Of Departure

Trainer: Roger Varian Jockey: David Egan Age: 3

Useful colt who returned with an emphatic display to land a listed event at Salisbury on return. Hard to imagine he’ll have enough to compete in this much higher grade, however.

Miss Amulet

Trainer: K. J. Condon Jockey: William James Lee Age: 3

Runner-up in the Cheveley Park Stakes and third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf to end 2020. Well beaten in the Irish 1000 Guineas on reappearance and this looks too much for her.

Creative Force

Trainer: Charlie Appleby Jockey: William Buick Age: 3

Has flourished as a 3-y-o, completing four-timer when landing the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot with a degree of comfort. Drop back in trip no issues, and there may well be more to come.


Trainer: Ed Walker Jockey: Tom Marquand Age: 4

Has come a long way in a short space of time and landed Duke of York Stakes last month, finding more when challenged and winning with a bit in hand. Progressive, and makes plenty of appeal.


Trainer: Clive Cox Jockey: Adam Kirby Age: 3

Most-progressive juvenile, recording notable wins in the Richmond and Middle Park Stakes. Flopped under a penalty in the Pavilion Stakes on reappearance and blinkers now reached for.


Trainer: Martyn Meade Jockey: Sean Levey Age: 3

Looked smart sprinter in the making when winning first 2 starts last term. Firmly back on track when fifth in Sandy Lane Stakes at Haydock 49 days ago and remains with some potential.


Trainer: Roger Teal Jockey: Cieren Fallon Age: 5

High-class sprinter who won this las year and, following a quiet start to the campaign, was better than ever when landing the King’s Stand at Royal Ascot, well on top at the finish. Obvious claims.

Glen Shiel

Trainer: Archie Watson Jockey: Hollie Doyle Age: 7

Progressed well when winning five times in 2020, including in Champions Sprint at Ascot. Big effort when runner-up in Diamond Jubilee last time and dangerous if he gets loose in front.


Trainer: Charles Hills Jockey: Rossa Ryan Age: 5

Smart sprinter who wasn’t disgraced behind Dream of Dreams in Diamond Jubilee at Royal Ascot 21 days ago but isn’t up to winning at this level.

Good Effort

Trainer: Ismail Mohammed Jockey: Ray Dawson Age: 6

C&D winner who arrives on the back of an excellent second to Chil Chil in the Chipchase Stakes at Newcastle a fortnight ago. Needs more to truly compete in this grade, though.

Chil Chil

Trainer: Andrew Balding Jockey: Rob Hornby Age: 5

Smart mare who arrives on a hat-trick having landed the Chipchase Stakes from the reopposing Good Effort at Newcastle last time. Bit more required but she’s not a forlorn hope.

Emaraaty Ana

Trainer: Kevin Ryan Jockey: Jack Mitchell Age: 5

Won Gimcrack Stakes but has come up short in pattern company since, though ran a cracker when third in Palace House. Well held behind Starman in the Duke of York Stakes.

Extravagant Kid

Trainer: Brendan P. Walsh Jockey: Frankie Dettori Age: 8

Smart American-trained sprinter who posted a career best to win Meydan Group1 (6f, good) in March and followed it with an excellent third in the King’s Stand at Royal Ascot. Not discounted.

Glorious Journey

Trainer: Charlie Appleby Jockey: James Doyle Age: 6

Dual Group 2 winner over 7f and back to his best when landing the Criterion Stakes at this course 14 days ago. Not quite up to this level, though.


Trainer: David O’Meara Jockey: Martin Harley Age: 7

Already a dual winner this term, including when beating Oxted in Abernant Stakes on Rowley course. No impact up in grade since, and set for another struggle.


Trainer: David Evans Jockey: Shane Kelly Age: 3

Big success story since joining this yard. Made successful handicap debut off 55 and recently landed the Wokingham off 112. Deserves his place at this level and can get involved if things drop right.





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