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2019 July Meeting day one tips - Five horses to back on Thursday with Coral

A view of the finish to last year's Princess Of Wales's Stakes.

We take a look through the card on day one of the July Meeting and picked out five horses to back with Coral at Newmarket on Thursday 11th July.

Excitement is running through the flat racing world at the moment, as punters anticipate the opening day of the 2019 July Meeting this Thursday. The feature race on day one is the Princess Of Wales's Stakes, where former Derby winner, Masar will clash with Mirage Dancer and Baghdad as he continues his return from injury. Around that race, there are six intriguing contests to keep punters occupied and our expert has highlighted five horses to side with at Newmarket with bookmakers Coral.

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2019 July Meeting Day One Tips

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Spanish Mission was a 20/1 shot when he ran Private Secretary close in the Cocked Hat Stakes at Goodwood. David Simcock’s charge should come again for the extra furlong, and he will need to if he wants to mount a serious challenge. Barbados will be dropping back in trip, having run an excellent race to place second in the Queen’s Vase and no runner of Aidan O’Brien’s can be passed up too lightly.

That being said, I’m not sure how well the form of this year’s Queen’s Vase will stack up. Of the six horses who were sent off at single-figure prices, four of them crossed the line at the rear of the field, so it’s clear many of the fancied horses severely under-performed and I’d be included to take Barbados on until he has proven that performance was no flash in the pan.

All of the previous four Bahrain Trophy winners took part in the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot. EAGLES BY DAY (NAP) stayed on beyond Private Secretary and Pablo Escobar to place third in that Group Two and I think Michael Bell’s charge has an excellent chance of claiming a first major victory as he drops down in class on Thursday.

Following an excellent victory over a mile-and-a-half at Salisbury, there was plenty of buzz around Bell’s colt heading into the Derby Trial at Lingfield. Despite tanking his way through the race, Eagles By Day found surprisingly little when he came off the bridle, struggling home on soft ground as Anthony Van Dyck proved his class.

True, both Frankie Dettori and James Doyle eased up on their mounts as Japan swept to an impressive victory at Ascot. However, I don’t think Danny Tudhope was going at full pelt in the closing stages either. Eagle By Day travelled sweetly throughout, brushing Private Secretary and Pablo Escobar aside at the two poll and was gaining on runner-up Bangkok with every stride as the finishing line arrived.

It was a performance of budding maturity in a race much deeper and more competitive than this. Eagles By Day really enjoyed the firm ground when winning nicely at Salisbury at the start of the year and this trip seems to be ideal. Michael Bell has a solid record at the July Meeting and Danny Tudhope, one of the stand-out jockeys at Royal Ascot, has been operating at a near-30% strike rate ever since. Eagles By Day looks a good-thing to me!

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Last year’s winning jockey and 2017’s winning trainer, Frankie Dettori and Mark Johnston team up with Visionari here and the favourite looks hard to oppose. The son of Dark Angel belayed odds of 10/1 to score a hugely impressive debut victory over course-and-distance and Johnston’s stable could hardly be in better form.

However, at his current odds, I’d be included to swerve the mark leader - especially when you consider that the three previous July Stakes winners have travelled to Newmarket on the back of a run at Royal Ascot.

Guildsman, who built on an encouraging debut victory with a fine third behind Arizona and Threat in the Coventry Stakes, looks the obvious option. However, I’m finding it hard to see why KING NEPTUNE has been so overlooked and he looks a solid each-way option – so long as eight runners remain in the field.

After a simple maiden triumph on the all-weather at Dundalk, King Neptune finished second to Ickworth in a Listed contest at the Curragh. Aidan O’Brien’s colt had to settle for second again in a similar contest three weeks later, this time over six furlongs. Siskin ran out the winner that day and he’s subsequently won a Group Two, while Windsor Castle Stakes winner, Southern Hills finished last of the five runners.

King Neptune was fancied by few heading into the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot, drifting out to 20/1 after landing a terrible draw in stall one. Donnacha O’Brien’s mount broke well that day, but had little cover out wide during the early stages and was bumped quite heavily at the half-way stage. In the end, King Neptune did well to finish sixth as A’Ali secured victory and he could build on that performance significantly as he moves back up to six furlongs.

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When looking for a possible winner of this competitive handicap sprint, MAGICAL WISH ticks plenty of boxes. Like the winners in each of the previous three seasons, Silvestre De Sousa’s mount ran in the big six furlong handicap on Grand Cup Stakes day at York. Recon Mission ran out a worthy winner that day, but Magical Wish gave an excellent account of himself in third, beating the likes of Dazzling Dan, Rathbone and Blown By Wind.

Richard Hannon then decided to step his colt back up to seven-furlongs this weekend and Magical Wish carried the tag of favouritism into another big handicap on the Coral-Eclipse card. Sadly, Ryan Moore’s mount was beaten into second, but Magical Wish was giving over ten pounds to the winner and he was handed a fresh rating of 97 after that run for his efforts.

Magical Wish will run off his previous mark of 92 on Thursday, meaning he’s five-pounds well in at the weights. Hannon has saddled the winner of this race twice in the past three years and De Sousa is often the man for a big occasion. I just hope a low draw isn’t too much of an inconvenience.

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The other runner I want to back in this 20-horse test of speed is Nigel Tinkler’s PRINCESS POWER. She too has copped what could be an unfavourable low draw in stall five, but PJ McDonald’s mount has some vital experience on this tricky track and returns to Newmarket on the back of a career-best victory at Doncaster.

Princess Power took the notable scalp of Ginger Nut here last August, beating the Super Sprint Stakes winner by a head in a thrilling Nursery Handicap. After a couple of strong placed efforts at the start of the season, Princess Power finally claimed a long-awaited victory on a balmy evening at Doncaster last month, cruising to a comfortable triumph over a well-backed favourite of Roger Teal’s.

A fresh mark of 87 doesn’t look too harsh based on the ease of that success and course-and-distance winning form is always valuable. Princess Power has won three of her last four runs on fast ground, losing out to Leodis Dream by a neck in the other, so the conditions of Thursday's race will certainly be in her favour.

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Duke Of Hazzard was my 40/1 selection in the Jersey Stakes and I thought Paul Cole’s charge ran really well to finish fifth. Turgenev also looks a danger after a fine second in the Britannia, but it’s with MOMKIN – who crossed the line a place behind Duke Of Hazzard in the Jersey Stakes – where I’d prefer to pin my colours.

Roger Charlton’s colt announced himself as a serious three-year-old on his reappearance in the Craven, where he sprung from the woodwork to push Skardu all the way to the line. That performance earned Momkin a spot in the 2000 Guineas field, where he was clearly a little short of class, but ran a decent race to finish tenth none-the-less.

A sluggish start meant Andrea Atzeni was immediately on the back-foot in the Jersey Stakes. Atzeni was forced to bide his time near the rear of the field for much of the race and, just when it seemed he was going to follow Space Blues’ charge into contention, Momkin found his path through the field blocked and his momentum was halted.

Again, I’m hoping a low draw won’t throw a spanner in the works, and it shouldn’t with such a small number of runners in the field. All of Momkin’s best results have come on quick ground and returning to eight furlongs should give Charlton’s charge a boost.


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2019 July Meeting day one tips - Five horses to back on Thursday with Coral

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