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The Piper-Heidsieck July Festival is one of the highlights of the summer racing calendar as top-class thoroughbred action and high fashion mix in a garden party atmosphere at Newmarket’s July Course.
The three-day meeting begins on Thursday July 11, Ladies’ Day, when the Group 2 Princess of Wales’s Stakes takes centre stage on the track. Sir Michael Stoute has dominated this contest over the years with nine victories to his name since Shardari took the honours in 1986. This year he could saddle Sir John Hawkwood, who will have to bounce back from a disappointing effort in the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Not to be outdone by the ladies, it’s Abu Dhabi Gentleman’s Day on the Friday. It’s the female sex that will star on the track, though, as the Group One Falmouth Stakes sees the three-year-old fillies take on their elders over a mile.
Sky Lantern, who took Classic glory in the 1000 Guineas on the Rowley Mile in May before romping home in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot, could be the star three-year-old to put it up to the older fillies and mares. Of the older brigade, perhaps John Gosden’s Elusive Kate can build on her fourth against the colts in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot and give the dashing grey most to do.
The best, though, is saved for last. The Group One Darley July Cup, now on the Saturday, brings together international sprint stars from all over the globe over six furlongs.
Champion jockey Richard Hughes will be on Australian raider Shamexpress, South African star Shea Shea could try to reverse King’s Stand Stakes form with Sole Power, while Diamond Jubilee hero Lethal Force represents the best of British. Like many of the previous renewals, it promises to be an absolute cracker.
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