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July Festival Tips

Looking for the latest news and tips for the July Meeting? Our team of experts will cover every race during Newmarket’s premier summer Festival, reporting any breaking news, betting developments and providing expert insight into the 2018 July Meeting.

July Festival Betting Tips

Day Three Race By Race Tips

Three big winners on day two for our man Brian, here are his tips for the final day at Newmarket.

Day Three NAP Of The Day


Beat The Bank and Century Dream are both popular in the betting for this Group Two, but they both finished behind LORD GLITTERS at Royal Ascot and David O'Meara's consistent sort gets the nod for me.

The five-year-old has stepped up whenever his trainers has handed him a challenge. This year, Lord Glitters has finished second to Addeybb in the Lincoln - while giving the winner eight pounds at the weights - and finished a close second to Accidental Agent in the Queen Anne Stakes.

Some will say, because the favourite's flopped, that the form of that Group One is a little false. However, that's a little unfair on a horse who has finished outside the top two places just twice in his 14-race career and Lord Glitters has seemingly improved with every single run.

Full NAP article here.

Day Three Each-Way Trixie

2018 July Festival Preview

For three days during the second week of July, Newmarket racecourse welcome a passionate crowd through the gates to enjoy the 2018 July Festival. During the Festival, two Group Ones and several other lucrative prizes will be up for grabs and a July Festival preview will encompass everything racegoers have to look forward to during the meeting.

The opening Thursday starts with the Bahrain Trophy, before a gaggle of two-year-old colts hit the track to try and win the Group Two July Stakes. Crystal Ocean then headlines the entries for the Princess Of Wales’s Stakes, the second Group Two on the day one card. The Hardwicke winner could clash with Barsanti, Cliffs Of Moher and Rare Rhythm, as he looks to add a win at the July Festival to his CV.

Day two at the July Festival opens with the Silver Bunbury Cup, before some of the fastest fillies in the juvenile ranks face off in the Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes. A wide array of handicaps and stakes races then surround the first Group One of the July Festival, the Falmouth Stakes.

Billesdon Brook looks set to return to Newmarket for the first time since her shock win in the 1000 Guineas. Aidan O’Brien has sent out the last two winners of this Group One and he could ship the likes of Clemmie, Happily or September over to Britain to try and bring the trophy back to Ballydoyle.

The third and final day of the July Festival opens with the Group Two Superlative Stakes, before a field of classy handicappers battle it out for the Bunbury Cup Heritage Handicap. The second Group One and the headline act in this July Festival preview is up next, with a high-quality field expected for the 2018 Darley July Cup.

Harry Angel scored in this Group One sprint 12 months ago, but the injury he suffered in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes could rule him out of a return. King’s Stand Stakes victor, Blue Point and Aussie raider, Redkirk Warrior sit just behind Harry Angel in the current list of entries, with three-year-olds Sands Of Mali and Sioux Nation likely to fight it out with their elders.

The on-track action is what most people come to Newmarket to see, but there’s much more to the July Festival than just racing. Ladies Day Thursday will feature several fashion pageants for female racegoers to enter, while Feel Good Friday tickets holders can stay for a Heart FM-hosted Après Racing party.

The Moët & Chandon July Festival

Once the historic Epsom Derby meeting and the glitz and glamour of Royal Ascot have come and gone, Newmarket opens their famous gates to the public in the second week of July, hosting their popular Moët & Chandon July Festival.

There are two racetracks inside the confines of Newmarket racecourse. The Rowley Mile is more celebrated, staging races like the 2000 and 1000 Guineas. The July Festival, however, will be held on the July course and a handful of top honours will be up for grabs during the three-day meeting.

Day one at the July Festival is recognised as Ladies Day, where female racegoers are encouraged to wear their finest garments and enter various style pageants. The Bahrain Trophy gets the action on the track underway, before the Arqana July Stakes and the Princess Of Wales’s Stakes provide entrants with the chance to claim a lucrative, Group Two prize.

Feel Good Friday starts with a bang, with the Silver Bunbury Cup preceding the Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes. The headline race on day two at Newmarket is the Group One Falmouth Stakes - a one mile contest which has been won by some of the sport’s finest fillies, including Sonic Lady, Soviet Song and Goldikova.

The third and final day of the July Festival opens up with the Superlative Stakes and the Bunbury Cup, two excellent races which provide a thrilling prelude to the main event of the meeting - the July Cup. 

This historic sprint was first staged in 1876 and often attracts the fastest and finest sprinters from around the world. The ITV Racing team will be situated in Newmarket to capture this prestigious Group One and all the big races during the July Meeting. It truly is an event not to be missed.

2018 July Festival Dates

Once the Epsom Derby and Royal Ascot have passed us by, flat racing fans will be eagerly awaiting the day the July Festival dates are announced. Luckily, that day has final come and we can bring you the full schedule for the July Festival.

Two Group Ones headline the three-day Festival. Saturday’s July Cup is the premier race of Newmarket’s meeting, with Friday’s Falmouth Stakes boasting an impressive roll of honour of its own.

Four Group Twos will be up for grabs during the July Festival, with the Arqana July Stakes remaining one of the most important two-year-old contests during the season. The Group Three Bahrain Trophy will give St Leger hopefuls the chance to impress, with the Listed Henry Cecil stakes another major race during the July Festival.

Saturday’s Bunbury Cup is the biggest handicap of the meeting, along with the bet365 Heritage Handicap. July Festival dates watchers will notice another bet365 Handicap Stakes has been inserted into the July Festival and will occupy the penultimate slot on day two.

The ITV Racing team will be in attendance at Newmarket to capture the best of the action during all three July Festival dates, making the 2018 July Festival an event you really can’t afford to miss.

Thursday 12th July – Ladies’ Day

13:50 Bahrain Trophy (Group 3) (3yo) 1m5f
14:25 ARQANA July Stakes (Group 2) (2yo) 6f
15:00 bet365 Handicap Stakes (Heritage Handicap) (Class 2) 6f
15:35 Princess of Wales's ARQANA Racing Club Stakes (Group 2) 1m4f
16:10 British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Fillies' Stakes (Plus 10) (Class 2) 6f
16:45 Edmondson Hall Solicitors Sir Henry Cecil Stakes (Listed) (3yo) 1m
17:20 Saeed Suhail Saeed Handicap Stakes (Class 2) 5f

Friday 13th July - Feel Good Friday

13:50 bet365 (Silver Bunbury Cup) Handicap Stakes (Class 2) 7f
14:25 Duchess of Cambridge Stakes (Group 2) (Fillies) 6f
15:00 bet365 Handicap Stakes (Class 2) (3yo) 1m2f
15:35 Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes (Group 1) (British Champion Series) 1m
16:10 Weatherbys British EBF Maiden Stakes (Plus 10) (Class 3) (2yo) 7f
16:45 Handicap Stakes (Class 2) 1m6f
17:20 Saeed Suhail Saeed Handicap Stakes (Class 3) 1m

Saturday 14th July - July Cup Day

13:05 bet365 Superlative Stakes (Group 2) (2yo) 7f
13:40 bet365 Bunbury Cup (Heritage Handicap) (Class 2) 7f
14:15 Darley July Cup (Group 1) (British Champion Series) 6f
14:50 Rossdales British EBF Maiden Fillies' Stakes (Plus 10) (Class 2) 7f
15:20 bet365 Mile Handicap Stakes (Class 2) (3yo) 1m
15:55 Spa at Bedford Lodge British EBF Fillies' Handicap Stakes (Class 2) (3yo) 7f
16:30 Saeed Suhail Saeed Handicap Stakes (Class 3) 1m4f

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