Aidan O'Brien wins fifth Group One July Cup

Who clocked what- and where- in the July Cup

Who clocked what- and where- in the July Cup

The July Cup was first run in 1876 and the first two renewals were won by Springfield, a colt bred by Queen Victoria at the Hampton Court stud.

A sensational weekend of sport and the racing is right out of the top drawer with the feature event the Group 1 July Cup at Newmarket this afternoon.

Advertise was a Group 1 winning juvenile and the only two-year-olds to beat him in four starts were Calyx in the Coventry and champion 2-y-old Too Darn Hot in the Dewhurst. Last year's Middle Park Stakes victor, the mount of Ryan Moore, was switched back to sprinting after failing to last out the mile when fifth to stablemate Magna Grecia in the 2,000 Guineas.

The last three horses home were Dream Of Dreams ($5.50), Cape Byron ($7) and Limato ($9). All three ran at Royal Ascot and two were victorious, which bodes well as nine of the past 11 winners of the race ran at the Royal meeting. Mystery Power was a convincing victor on the July course as King's Command, the favourite, finished last of eight while Pivoine, at 14-1, held off Setting Sail on the Knavesmire to secure the £125,000 first prize.

His seven rivals include Ropey Guest and Maxi Boy, who were sixth and eighth in the G2 Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot and recent Naas victor Year Of The Tiger, plus debut scorers Juan Elcano, Mystery Power, Shared Belief and Wild Thunder. The race is one of only two domestic Group One races to have eluded him during his career.

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While Advertise and Dettori set off as the favourites, the early gamble on Ten Sovereigns left a big dent in the bookies' profits on the busiest day of Flat racing's summer.

Advertise, who beat Ten Sovereigns with something to spare in the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot, was the only runner to launch himself out of the chasing pack but Dettori's urgings could carry him no closer than two and a half lengths adrift of the easy victor.

Glorious Journey, with James Doyle in the saddle and emerging from stall two, features in a field of 12 for the Darley July Cup that is headed by Dream Of Dreams, G1 Commonwealth Cup victor Advertise, Wokingham Handicap scorer Cape Byron and Limato.

He is a course and distance victor, with four wins out of five over the race distance and has won twice in Good to Firm ground. Frankie Dettori is in the saddle, having ridden Advertise on four of his last five starts, including all of his Group wins. Dettori is in fabulous form at the moment winning on nine of his 18 rides in the last 14 days.

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