The July Cup is the big event on Saturday at Newmarket for racing fans, a frenetic Group 1 sprint over the straight six furlongs on the July Course. Harry Angel misses the defence of his crown so who will take his mantle?
Sands Of Mali – July Cup – 8/1 Each Way
Sands Of Mail was a fast-finishing second in the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot last month behind Eqtidaar, who re-opposes now. The winner was well clear with two furlongs to run, Sands Of Mali having got a bit far back (his group was the slower one) before rallying strongly late on to surge home and beat everything else comfortably.
Richard Fahey’s charge has been in excellent tune this season and normally tends to race close to the pace. He should do so here under Paul Hanagan and is fancied to reverse Ascot placing with Eqtidaar.
The likes of former winner Limato, US Navy Flag and Redkirk Warrior all come in with questions to answer in a wide-open July Cup and Sands Of Mali offers plenty value for each-way money.
Quorto – Superlative Stakes – 9/4 to Win
Staying at Newmarket, the Charlie Appleby-trained Quorto looked a horse to follow when making a winning debut at the track recently.
He was eased down at the line and the Dubawi colt could be above average. He is out of a Mount Nelson mare, who placed in the Oaks and Irish Oaks, and should be progressive.
It has already been a summer to savour for Appleby and he looks to have another smart sort in the making for Godolphin here. Facing just six rivals stepped up in class, he can protect his winning record.
Arbalet – 3.15 Chester – 4/1 to Win
Over at Chester, Hugo Palmer’s Arbalet is a likeable chance in the Listed Corbettsports City Plate Stakes for Pat Cosgrave.
He ran with credit behind some useful rivals last season, including Derby hero Masar at Sandown in the Solario Stakes in the autumn.
Having had wind surgery over the winter, he was stepped up to 1m1f on his reappearance, but found the trip beyond him at Newmarket before scoring back down to 7f at Carlisle in May.
Last time out he was an eye-catcher in the Jersey Stakes won easily by Expert Eye, who rather turned the contest into a one-horse race. Now eased in grade and in receipt of a weight-for-age allowance, Arbalet should go close at Chester.
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