July Cup Tips: Jet to propel to Newmarket place

Check out our best bet for the July Cup at Newmarket on Saturday.
Check out our best bet for the July Cup at Newmarket on Saturday.

There's a star-studded list of exciting sprinters lining up in the Group 1 July Cup at Newmarket on Saturday afternoon, and our man Steve Chambers has been handed the task of trying to find the winner of the 6f showpiece. Read his thoughts for the showpiece event at Flat HQ here...

A stunning victory in the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot last month launched Perfect Power into the higher echelons of the sprint division, and the Richard Fahey-trained three-year-old will look to follow that up and not only beat the Classic generation again, but some smarter older horses in the process when he heads to Newmarket this weekend for the July Cup.

The multiple Group winner has been installed as a red-hot 9/4 favourite for this event, and he showed last season when storming to victory in the Group 1 Middle Park Stakes that he can produce the goods at Newmarket, so he has to be the one to beat. He travelled serenely for Christophe Soumillon during the early stages of the Commonwealth Cup before unleashing a blistering late burst of speed to bound to victory, and a repeat of that should see him take this prize.

However, many punters won't fancy the relatively skinny odds available with the bookmakers for Perfect Power, and one of the leading challengers looks to be Australian speedball Artorius, who was last seen finishing a very creditable third in the Platinum Jubilee Stakes. The star from Down Under was beaten by Naval Crown and Creative Force in that 6f Group 1 at the Royal meeting last month, and all three will lock horns once again in a stunning clash.

There was less than a length between the three of them that day and Artorius is the most likely to improve from his British debut, so it would be no surprise he turned the form around the Godolphin duo, who are both available at bigger odds for this event, but it would be surprising to see any of them downing Perfect Power here.

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Chasing home Perfect Power in the Commonwealth Cup, Hugo Palmer's Flaming Rib produced a huge career best at Royal Ascot and the 11/1 shot has to be a leading each-way player here, if he can kick on again from that victory. Previously runner-up in the Sandy Lane Stakes at Haydock Park, Flaming Rib continued to progress with a fine run last time out, and while it's hard to see him reverse the form with Perfect Power he's entitled to take his chance here.

Four of the last seven renewals have been won by three-year-olds and while Perfect Power spearheads that group who will receive weight from their elder rivals, one contender that could run a big race at double-figured odds is TWILIGHT JET. A stunning winner of a Group 3 event at Naas two starts ago, the Irish raider booked his place in the Commonwealth Cup with that win, but ran no sort of race whatsoever and finished last of 20. However, he can't be completely written off following one below-par run and he showed last year when winning the Cornwallis Stakes at Newmarket that on his day he can sparkle at Flat HQ, and with some bookmakers playing five places in the each-way markets then the 33/1 is far too big to ignore.

Edward Lynam's Romantic Proposal lines up on the back of a decent Listed win in Ireland, and while he will need more here he does come into the contest in decent for and adds more depth to the race, while the likes of the classy trio of Happy Romance, Alcohol Free and Cadamasto make it an exhilarating renewal that is sure to produce a classy winner.

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