July Cup

Ed Storm By Ed Storm, 6th Oct 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/n7gmgz_7/
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A comprehensive overview of the July Cup horse race, a Group 1 Flat race which is run annually on the final day of the popular July Festival at Newmarket Racecourse.

The Darley July Cup

The July Cup is a Group 1 Flat horse race run over six furlongs at Newmarket's July course on the final day of the three-day July festival. It is open to three-year-olds and upwards and is regarded as one of the most prestigious sprint races in the racing calendar, with many winners going on to be crowned Europe's champion sprinter. The race has been sponsored by Darley Stud since 1996 and became part of the Global Sprint Challenge in 2008.

July Cup History

The race was first run in 1876 and the first two runnings were won by Springfield, who was bred by Queen Victoria. The most successful horse in the race’s history is Sundridge, who won three times (1902, 1903 and 1904). In more recent times no horse has won the prize more than once since Right Boy in 1958-59.

Newmarket Racecourse - Home of the July Cup

Newmarket, Suffolk, is renowned as the home of British horse racing and has two racecourses, known as the Rowley Mile and the July course.

The first recorded race at Newmarket took place on March 18, 1622. In 1660 King Charles II began twice-yearly visits to Newmarket and his patronage ensured that horse racing in the town was formalised. In 1665 the Town Plate became the first horse race to be run under written rules. The Jockey Club, which instituted the rules of horse racing, moved to Newmarket in 1750 and in the 1760s Newmarket started to host fixed annual race meetings.

Newmarket stages the 1,000 Guineas and the 2,000 Guineas - two of the five British Classic horse races for three-year-old horses as well as a large variety of other races such as the Bunbury Cup. Newmarket was the first British racecourse to use the photo-finish (1949) and starting stalls (1965).

July Cup Trainers and Jockeys

Lester Piggott is the most successful rider in the race with 10 wins: Vigo (1957), Right Boy (1958 and 1959), Tin Whistle (1960), Thatch (1973), Saritamer (1974), Solinus (1978), Thatching (1979), Moorestyle (1980) and Mr Brooks (1992).

The leading trainers, with five wins apiece, are Charles Morton and Vincent O'Brien. Morton won with Sundridge (1903 and 1904), Spanish Prince (1912 and 1913) and Golden Sun (1914). O'Brien won the race with Thatch (1973), Saritamer (1974), Solinus (1978), Thatching (1979) and Royal Academy (1990).

July Cup Betting

The long history and prestige of the July Cup has established the race as a premier horse racing betting event. Horse racing betting odds and betting specials for the race are offered by all of the established UK bookmakers and by many international bookies. A large percentage of the July Festival's overall bets are placed on the July Cup as both seasoned punters and casual bettors alike take shots at predicting the results of the various betting markets available.

July Cup Facts

  • The longest-priced winner of the race in recent years has been Pastoral Pursuits at 22-1 in 2005. The shortest was Marchand D'Or (2008), who was 5-2 favourite.
  • The fastest recent winner is Stravinsky (1999), who clocked 1min 9.51sec.
  • The leading owner of the race is Jack Joel – Sundridge (1903, 1904), Spanish Prince (1912, 1913), Golden Sun (1914)

July Cup Videos

A video of the 2009 Darley July Cup which was won by Fleeting Spirit, ridden by Tom Queally & trained by Jeremy Noseda.

A video of the 1983 July Cup which was won by Habibti, ridden by Willie Carson & trained by John Dunlop.

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Hi my name is Ed and I primarily write sports and sports betting articles as well as the occasional article on other gambling niches.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
8th Oct 2010 (#)

good information, too bad this is well after the race, be sure to promote this article widely again in June.

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author avatar Denise O
13th Feb 2012 (#)

Nice read. Thank you for sharing.:)

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