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2023 July Festival News, Odds and Predictions

One of the feature meetings in England during the summer is the July Festival. This three-day meeting is one of several staged at Newmarket throughout the year. The July Festival, however, takes place on the July Course, while Newmarket's other meetings are all run on the Rowley Mile.

Two important Group One races take place during the July Festival. The Falmouth Stakes headlines the card on day two, while the July Cup acts as the feature on the third and final card.

2023 July Festival Dates

The 2023 July Festival kicks off at Newmarket on Thursday 13th July. The final day takes place on Saturday 15th July.

2023 July Festival Day One Card

1:10pm Maiden Fillies Stakes Class 2
1:40pm Bahrain Trophy Group 3
2:25pm July Stakes Group 2
3:00pm bet365 Handicap (Heritage Handicap) Class 2
3:35pm Princess Of Wales's Tattersalls Stakes  Group 2
4:10pm Sir Henry Cecil Stakes Listed
4:45pm John Deere Handicap Class 3

2023 July Festival Day Two Card

1:15pm Maiden Stakes Class 3
1:50pm bet365 Handicap (Heritage Handicap) Class 2
2:25pm Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes Group 2
3:00pm bet365 Trophy (Heritage Handicap) Class 2
3:35pm Falmouth Stakes Group 1
4:10pm Racing TV Handicap Class 3
4:45pm Moet & Chandon Handicap Class 3

2023 July Festival Day Three Card

1:30pm Maiden Fillies' Stakes Class 3
2:05pm Fillies Handicap Class 2
2:40pm bet365 Mile Handicap Class 2
3:15pm bet365 Superlative Stakes Group 2
3:50pm Bunbury Cup (Hertiage Handicap) Class 2
4:25pm Darley July Cup Group 1
5:00pm Racing TV Handicap Class 3

July Festival Preview

The opening day of racing at the July Festival kicks off with the Bahrain Trophy, where John Gosden's exciting prospect Stowell faces Gear Up and Yibir. Two-year-olds will then battle it out in the July Stakes. Eldrickjones heads the current betting, while Dig Two, Ebor River and Project Dante are not without support.

Following another thrilling renewal of the six-furlong bet365 Handicap, Al Aasy leads the runners out in this year's Princess Of Wales's Stakes. William Haggas' star will face just four rivals on Thursday, with Sir Ron Priestley, Highest Ground, Bangkok and Star Safari entered against the hot-favourite.

Viewers also have a fantastic renewal of the Sir Henry Cecil Stakes to take in on day one. One Ruler will likely head the betting, but Derab, Maximal and Baaeed will provide stiff competition.

Another bet365 Heritage Handicap, this time run over ten furlongs, kicks off the televised action on day two of the July Festival. Juvenile fillies will then have their chance to shine in the Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes, where Hello You looks the likely market leader.

Some of the hardiest stayers in the sport will lock horns in the bet365 Trophy, leading us perfectly into the feature race on Friday's card, the Falmouth Stakes. 

This Group One for fillies and mares always delivers on the excitement front, and this year's renewal of the Falmouth will be no different. Alcohol Free, Snow Lantern and Mother Earth could renewal their rivalry from Royal Ascot, while Primo Bacio, Lady Bowthorpe and Indie Angel are also pencilled in to run.

The third and final day of the July Festival revolves around the July Cup, one of the most historic sprint contests in all of horse racing. Starman and defending champion, Oxted sit prominently in the current betting, while Dragon Symbol looks set to fly the flag for this year's crop of three-year-olds.

Before we reach the July Cup, viewers have two excellent handicaps to enjoy in the bet365 Handicap and the popular Bunbury Cup. Juveniles will then try to prove their stamina over seven furlongs in the Superlative Stakes, where Dhabab, Great Max and Native Trail currently head the market.

Her majesty, The Queen could have a runner in the final race of the meeting, the Racing TV Handicap, with John Gosden's Pied Piper set to run in those famous Royal silks.