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2019 July Festival meeting tips - Race-by-race selections for day two of Newmarket's summer feature

Newmarket's July Course hosts the second day of the 2019 July Meeting on Friday.

Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets for all seven races on day two of the Newmarket July Festival meeting.

It is day two of the July Festival meeting on Friday, and there is classy Group One action on the racecard with the Falmouth Stakes taking centre stage on another top-quality afternoon of racing on the July Course at Newmarket.

In addition to the Group One main event, there is also Group two action with the Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes, as well as some competitive handicap action on a quality afternoon of racing.

1:50 - bet365 Handicap Cl2 (3yo 0-105) 1m2f
2:25 - Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes (Sponsored By bet365) (Group 2) (Fillies) Cl1 (2yo) 6f
3:00 - bet365 Trophy (Heritage Handicap) Cl2 (4yo+) 1m6f
3:35 - Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) (Fillies & Mares) Cl1 (3yo+) 1m
4:10 - Weatherbys British EBF Maiden Stakes (Plus 10 Race) (Colts & Geldings) Cl3 (2yo) 7f 
4:45 - Porsche Centre Cambridge Handicap Cl3 (3yo+ 0-90) 7f
5:20 - JFD Handicap Cl2 (3yo+ 0-100) 5f

The pick of Friday’s action will be televised live on ITV Racing, where Ed Chamberlain and the team will have their usual expert tips, insights and post-race analysis; while Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections for Friday’s seven-race card.

1:50 - bet365 Handicap Cl2 (3yo 0-105) 1m2f


SOLID STONE (10/1, Bet365) rounded off his juvenile campaign with a win on the all-weather at Newcastle, having gone close the time before at Doncaster when denied by a neck. Sir Michael Stoute’s charge subsequently returned from a break to double up on his win tally with a defeat of War Tiger at this venue on the Rowley Mile course.

The Shamardal colt wasn’t seen to best effect on his latest start at Newbury back in May where he finished ninth of 15 runners behind Headman, but he could be worth chancing to bounce back here.

Eased 1lb in the weights, it is too soon to write him off after that run and he is probably better than he was able to show; he can post an improved effort here, and no surprise if he were to go close this time around.

2:25 - Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes (Sponsored By bet365) (Group 2) (Fillies) Cl1 (2yo) 6f


The impressive DAAHYEH (13/8, Coral) backed up the good impression she had made on debut when beating subsequent Queen Mary Stakes winner Raffle Prize - who reopposes - with another solid performance to make it two wins from two starts with victory in the Albany Stakes where the Bated Breath filly ran out a near-two lengths’ victor over Celtic Beauty.

Roger Varian’s charge travelled strongly into the race and powered clear to win a shade readily, and she sets a good standard on those two runs to date. 

She looks to have plenty of scope to improve further, and while this will likely demand that she finds another jolt of improvement to make it 3-3 she looks a highly progressive sort who could easily deliver further progress.


3:00 - bet365 Trophy (Heritage Handicap) Cl2 (4yo+) 1m6f


OUTBOX (9/1, Bet365) won all three starts last term, scoring successes at Ffos Las, Leicester and Newbury respectively; Simon Crisford’s charge might have needed his reappearance in a Listed race at Chantilly recently when finishing second behind Funny Kid.

The Frankel gelding was denied only by a head on that occasion, battling well but just unable to hold off the challenge of the winner who wore him down late to score on the nod.

The winner and third from that race both boast some smart form, so to spilt them as he did was a creditable effort and he could have more to offer now he has a run under his belt.

He ought to prove sharper here, and a mark of 102 on his handicap debut looks very workable indeed despite this being a competitive contest he finds himself in. But with the potential to find further improvement given his lightly-raced profile, he could post a big effort here under Andrea Atzeni, and it would be no surprise to see him going close.

3:35 - Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) (Fillies & Mares) Cl1 (3yo+) 1m


QABALA (7/2, Coral) leapt to the head of the betting for the Qipco 1000 Guineas in the wake of an impressive win the Nell Gwyn Stakes on just her second start, and Roger Varian’s charge is taken to get back on the winning trail.

The Scat Daddy filly finished third in the fillies’ Classic on the Rowley Mile back in May, after which she disappointed in the Irish equivalent where she beat only one home as she trailed in ninth of the ten runners.

Subsequently found to have scoped dirty, that run can be ignored, and if she returns to something akin to her previous form then she could go close here. 

She may be worth chancing to bounce back as a result, and this perhaps isn’t the strongest of renewals of this Group Two prize so she ought to run well if over her ailments from the Curragh.


4:10 - Weatherbys British EBF Maiden Stakes (Plus 10 Race) (Colts & Geldings) Cl3 (2yo) 7f 


Only two runners in this field have the benefit of previous experience to call upon, and KIPLING () is taken to build on an encouraging debut outing at the Curragh last month where the Galileo colt found only one too good.

Although no match for the winner, trailing in four lengths’ adrift of stablemate Lope Y Fernandez, he shaped as if he would improve for the run and he did well to finish as close as he did given he missed the break and then encountered trouble in running later in the contest.

He ran on well though, finishing clear of another of his stablemates in Mythologic, and the winner of that race has since chased home the progressive Pinatubo in the Listed Chesham Stakes.

He ought to improve for that first experience, and it would be no surprise to see him go one better here. 

4:45 - Porsche Centre Cambridge Handicap Cl3 (3yo+ 0-90) 7f


RUM RUNNER () hasn’t been at his best in recent starts, but Richard Hannon’s charge wasn’t beaten far two starts ago at Goodwood when finishing two lengths’ third behind Beauty Filly, and the Havana Gold colt can get back to winning ways here.

Possibly stretched by one mile latest at Sandown where he beat only three home behind Mojito, he boasts previous course and distance form having struck over the July Course last August with a defeat of Late Change.

That victory came from 1lb higher than today’s mark, and dropping back in distance and into a slightly easier grade, he could run a big race despite obvious worries over his consistency. 

Tom Queally returns to the saddle on board Richard Hannon’s runner for the first time since the pair combined for that last win, and the pair are worth chancing to repeat the feat.


5:20 - JFD Handicap Cl2 (3yo+ 0-100) 5f


SAAHEQ () enjoyed a good winter campaign on the all-weather, including winning at Chemsford in February, and Michael Appleby’s charge got back to winning ways following a couple of subsequent solid placed efforts when winning the Scottish Sprint Cup at Musselburgh in April.

The Invincible Spirit gelding hasn’t backed up that win in two starts since, finishing midfield at York behind Copper Knight and then beating only three home back on the all-weather latest.

That latest run is easily forgiven as he was found to have bled, and given time to recover he could bounce back to form in a race which ought to be within his scope. All of his rivals similarly have something to prove either stepping up in class, switching surfaces or coming off the back of a poor run last time and he could be worth chancing to get back on the scoresheet here.

2019 JULY FESTIVAL MEETING TIPS - DAY TWO SELECTIONS


1:50 - SOLID STONE (10/1, Bet365)

2:25 - DAAHYEH (13/8, Coral)

3:00 - OUTBOX (9/1, Bet365)

3:35 - QABALA (7/2, Coral)

4:10 - KIPLING () 

4:45 - RUM RUNNER ()

5:20 - SAAHEQ ()

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2019 July Festival meeting tips - Race-by-race selections for day two of Newmarket's summer feature

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