Steve Ryder has a look at the ante-post favourite, main dangers and long odds chances for the July Cup at Newmarket next weekend.
Who is the July Cup 2022 favourite?
The Richard Fahey trained Perfect Power (best priced 9/4) is a deserving favourite for this race following his victory in the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot and he looks sure to be popular with punters in the run up to this race. The son of Ardad won two Group 1s as a two-year-old including the Prix Morny and the Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket (Rowley Mile) before winning the Greenham Stakes over 7f on his reappearance.
He didn’t stay the mile trip in the 2000 Guineas on his next start but appreciated the drop back to sprinting when victorious in the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot. He has very little question marks to answer and it will be interesting to see how he gets on against his elders in this race.
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Who are the main dangers?
The Australian challenger Artorius (best priced 4/1) ran well to finish a close 3rd in the Platinum Jubilee Stakes as a three-year-old against his elders and arguably could have won with a clearer run throughout the race. Connections have targeted this race since and he would be a big danger to the favourite if handling the track.
Four-year-olds have won the previous two renewals of this race so Godolphin pair Creative Force (best priced 5/1) and Naval Crown (6/1) are worthy of respect having finished as the top two in the Platinum Jubilee Stakes but both have to prove that they can replicate their strong Ascot form at Newmarket.
Where is the Each-Way value?
Dragon Symbol (best priced 66/1) finished 2nd in the race last season and although he has struggled so far this season since moving to Roger Varian, he proved with his 2nd place finish in the Achilles Stakes at Haydock that he is still capable performing to a high level in these sprints.
Aidan O’Brien is always respected in UK Group 1s so his pair of Cadamosto (16/1), who outran odds of 40/1 to finish 4th in the Commonwealth Cup behind Perfect Power, and New York City (best priced 66/1), who has won twice already this season, are worth having a second look at in the market.
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