The Wolf is off to Newmarket for Day 1 of their famous July Festival. Across three day’s of racing there will be two feature Group 1 races – The Falmouth Stakes (Day 2) and The July Cup (Day 3); the latter of which will be contested by the Hayes & Dabernig trained Redkirk Warrior on Saturday.
|Best Bet||Legends Of War (Newmarket Race 2, No. 6)|
|Circuit Bet||Giuseppe Garibaldi (Newmarket Race 1, No. 4)|
|Circuit Bet||Embour (Newmarket Race 3, No. 19)|
|Circuit Bet||Muntahaa (Newmarket Race 4, No. 7)|
|Circuit Bet||Poetry (Newmarket Race 5, No. 8)|
|Circuit Bet||White Mocha (Newmarket Race 6, No. 12)|
|Circuit Bet||Midsummer Knight (Newmarket Race 7, No. 9)|
Arqana July Stakes (Group 2) (1207m)
Legends Of War scored an ultra-impressive win last start at Yarmouth in the Novice Stakes by over four lengths, and off that appears to be a talent on the rise. Trainer/Jockey combination are flying at present after taking out the Eclipse Stakes and Sandown Park and their success looks set to continue here. Legends Of War extended away with ease over 1200m that day and although he looked a touch green, he kicked clear when he was asked by Oisin Murphy and displayed excellent acceleration over the final furlong. He looks well placed to win again in as many start and The Wolf is confident that if he handles the rise in class, he will be winning.
Recommended Price: $3.10
Bahrain Trophy Stakes (Group 3) (2615m)
Giuseppe Garibaldi has been up for an eternity now, but has continued to race well and The Wolf is confident that his consistency will be rewarded with a win in this. He loves the 2600m and his placing two starts ago in the Group 2 King Edward VII Stakes is evidence that he is more than capable of competing at the top level. He’s the class runner of the field dropping in grade and with Ryan Moore taking the reins he looks hard to beat.
Recommended Price: $3.80
Handicap (Class 2) (1207m)
Embour gets the nod in what is, a very difficult Class 2 Handicap. He brings consistent winning form to this race having been successful in his last outings and The Wolf is confident that he can be competitive once again. He’s won over the Newmarket July Course before and if he handles the step back up in distance to 1200m he’ll find himself in the finish. Tom Marquand takes the reins for trainer Richard Hannon which indicates to The Wolf that of Hannon’s duo, he is his the pick of the pair.
Recommended Price: $9.50/$3.10
Princess Of Wales’s Arqana Racing Club Stakes (Group 2) (2414m)
Muntahaa has been very competitive in two runs this prep and The Wolf is expecting him to peak for this. He’s only won two races across his 12-start career, but both of these have come over 2400m which he gets here. His last run over 2000m indicated to The Wolf that he is ready for a step up in distance which he finally receives. Muntahaa has been competitive behind Poet’s Word, Chemical Charge, Idaho and most notably Hawkbill. If he manages to run to his best he’ll go very close in this race.
Recommended Price: $9.50/$2.75
Maiden Fillies’ Stakes (Class 2) (1207m)
There is no substitute for race-experience which is exactly what Poetry brings to the table here. She placed on debut at Pontefract on the very testing ground and off that is expected to be competitive in this. The Wolf is confident that she’ll handle the rise in distance to 12 furlongs and with Ryan Moore engaged she gets every chance. Tough race but she appeals off her debut run.
Recommended Price: $3.80
Sir Henry Cecil Stakes (Listed) (1609m)
Named after the legendary trainer himself, this race is slowly becoming a must-win for for all who attend the festival, and once again it has dished up a very competitive field. Bit of a throw at the stumps this from The Wolf, but if White Mocha can recapture his first up run here he’ll be in the finish. Trained by Hugo Palmer, this son of Lope De Vega split Masar and Roaring Lion when first up, which turned out to be a very good form reference moving forward. Since then he lost his way a bit, having been raced at 2000m and beyond, but he drops back to the mile here which The Wolf suspects could spark sharp improvement in him. Tough race but he could open a price and if he does The Wolf will be on him!
Recommended Price: $23/$5
Saeed Suhail Saeed Handicap (Class 2) (1005m)
Midsummer Knight is arguably the most consistent horse in work at present, having placed second an astonishing nine times from 16 races. He is expected to run very well again and with only 52.5 on his back he gets in extremely well at the weights for a horse who is consistently competitive, albeit without winning.
Recommended Price: $5.50