I must admit I am a little biased being from Newmarket, but I do love the July Festival, three days of fantastic racing in hopefully the glorious sunshine! There are a few reasons this stands out from other events and I you won’t want to miss it!
As it should be! The Moet and Chandon Festival takes it fashion stakes very seriously starting with Best Dressed Lady on the Thursday, Best Dressed Gent on the Friday and finishing with Best Dressed Couple on the Saturday. Every year the standards are even higher and for good reason, the prizes are AMAZING! This is no free tickets to the next race meeting.
Now where we normally focus on the best dressed ladies fashion, this year we thought it was time the boys had some help! We have teamed up with our favourite local men’s shop from Bury St Edmunds to get some looks and inspiration for you. The guys at Trotter and Deane really know their suits and what you should be wearing when, whether it’s of the peg or taylor made they have it all. Their shirts are second to none and if you are in the area worth a visit, or if you don’t get a chance they have a great online selection too.
To help you get a better idea of what you should be wearing over the three days the boys have put these together.
The era of apres racing, because who wants to go home just yet! Don’t battle with traffic and taxi queues stay for another drink. Apres racing is getting bigger and bigger across all racecourses and Newmarket is no exception! This year will see Gok Wan, Sarah Harding and Guilty Pleasures take to the decks after racing to keep the party going!
Not to forget what we are all here for! The racing itself, which is going to be great with some fantastic group races on the card over the three days. The Thursday has the Prince of Wales Arqana Racing Club Stakes (Group 2) won the last two years by our favourite BIG ORANGE. We also have the Town Plate on the first day just before the first which is Britain’s oldest horse race. This historic, amateur horse race, which has been run at Newmarket's Round Course since 1666 was instigated by King Charles II, who also won the first running, and stated that it should be run 'forever'. The winner of the race wins a year's supply of Newmarket sausages, which if you haven’t tried you must!
Friday although being Gentleman's Day on course it’s a big day for the girls on the track, with the Group 1 Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes
The three day meeting comes to a grand end with the Darley July Cup, it is run over 6 furlongs and is one of Britain's most valuable and prestigious sprint races, having many of its winners being acknowledged as the champion sprinter in Europe. Previous winners of the race include Limato, Muhaarar and Pastoral Pursuits.
Some Betting Tips:
We don’t claim to be the best tipsters in the business but it’s always nice to see what other people fancy in the big meetings, that being said here are some of our tips for the 3 day festival!
Thursday (Ladies Day)
I like the look of Atty Persse in the first, he won the King George V Stakes at Royal Ascot last time out and is a good price at 5/2.
Rajasinghe is the favourite in the second with an unbeaten record so far of 2 in 2 and having not had an easy ride in his last outing (no clear run 2f out) he still managed to win the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot. Although he will be forced to carry a penalty I think 13/8 is a great price!
Golden Apollo goes into this race in great form having won its last two races over 6 furlongs and seems at home over the shorter distance. Priced at 8/1 it’s at least worth an E/W bet.
Poet's Word is well priced at 4/1 and came second in its last outing at Chester to Deauville. However the favourite Frontiersman is coming into the race in good form have won 2 of its last 3 races.
Friday (Gentleman’s Day)
For me, Faqaakrea looks a good horse. With the horse in good form and jockeyed by Jim Crowley, this is where my money will be.
Clemmie looks set to be favourite in this race. Off the back of an impressive performance at Curragh this is set to be my choice.
Titi Makfi is bound to be the favourite. This horse is in great form winning the last 4 races with it’s last win coming from Chester on the 30th of last month.
Finally, my last tip is a bit of an outsider. Arabian Hope is priced at 5/1 with most bookies. This American horse is again in great form having won the last 3 races. I have high hopes for this horse.
Darley July Cup Day
Angel of Darkness will be my choice here. This horse is very consistent being placed 5 out of 6 of its last races.
Caravaggio. Can this horse loose? With a 100% 6/6 win percentage I think you’d be foolish not to back it.