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2021 July Cup Tips - Two tips for Newmarket's Saturday feature

  • We've published our guide to the 2021 July Cup
  • This Group One headlines day three of the July Festival on Saturday 10th July
  • Oxted is our best bet at 4/1 with William Hill
  • We're also backing Miss Amulet each way at 50/1
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Oxted can defend his July Cup crown on Saturday. (Getty)

The third and final day of racing at Newmarket's July Festival is headlined by the feature race of the meeting, the July Cup. This thrilling six-furlong contest has been won by many of the sport's best sprinters, and a fantastic field of 20 has been finalised ahead of Saturday's renewal.

We've taken a look through the form and picked out our best betting tips.

2021 July Cup Odds


Name
Odds
Oxted4/1
Starman4/1
Dragon Symbol5/1
Rohaan7/1
Creative Force15/2
Glen Shiel12/1
Bar14/1

*Odds taken on 9/7/21*

2021 July Cup Runners


Starman2021 July Cup Joint-FavouriteGET 4/1 HERE
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Oxted won the 2020 July Cup, handing young jockey Cieren Fallon his first Group One triumph. Having returned to winning for in the King' Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot, Oxted will now attempt to become the first horse in 50-years to win back-to-back July Cups.

Starman skipped the Diamond Jubilee Stakes when the ground comes up soft, and he sits alongside Oxted at the top of the betting. The leading three-year-old in the market is Dragon Symbol, who crossed the line first in the Commonwealth Cup, only to be demoted to second in the steward's room.

Art Power and Glen Shiel represent the Diamond Jubilee Stakes form, while Extravagant Kid and Creative Force move back to six furlongs after huge runs at Royal Ascot. Rohaan will make his Group One debut at Newmarket, while fellow three-year-olds Line Of Departure, Supremacy and Method will also take their chance.

Chil Chil, Glorious Journey, Good Effort and Summerghand represent the older horses. Miss Amulet, Emaraaty Ana, Garrus and Brando can all be found at lengthy prices.

2021 July Cup Tips


Oxted2021 July Cup Straight Win TipGET 4/1 HERE
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Since Diadem won his second July Cup as a six-year-old in 1920, only two horses older than five have won this Group One. Three-year-olds may have a distinct weight advantage, but they've only managed to win eight of the last 20 July Cups, so it seems that weight-for-age allowance doesn't make that much of a difference.

Being up with the pace throughout is clearly very important. Few horses have managed to come off the pace to challenge in the July Cup, so a fast start is paramount. Winners have also tended to make their challenge down the centre of the track too, making a high draw away from the stands' rail fairly advantageous.

Starman has been drawn down in stall four, and there seems to be little in the way of early pace on his side of the track. Glen Shiel, Emaraaty Ana and Art Power, who all like to go forward early, are drawn 14, 15 and 17. OXTED has been placed perfectly between the front-runners, and I'm going to back Roger Teal's star to successfully defend his crown.

Oxted was my selection in the Kings' Stand Stakes, as I felt a quickly-run five furlongs would really suit. Cieren Fallon's mount produced an excellent performance on the day, bouncing back to winning ways with a comfortable victory.

Teal's star travelled sweetly throughout last year's July Cup, before showing his rivals a clean set of heels in the closing stages. Considering he's drawn favourably and ground conditions will suit, Oxted looks set for a bold defence of his crown.

Miss Amulet E/W2021 July Cup Each-Way TipGET 50/1 HERE
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As there are 20 runners in the field and William Hill are paying out on the first five places, I'm also going to have an each-way punt. Art Power is waiting to make the breakthrough at the highest level, and he's been dangerously overlooked at 16/1. Yet, I fancy he'd prefer a little extra cut in the ground.

One who will absolutely love ground conditions is MISS AMULET, whose only outing of the season so far came in the Irish 1000 Guineas, where she faded rapidly in the final two furlongs as the heavy ground began to take its toll.

Last year, Ken Condon's filly was one of the most impressive and consistent juvenile fillies in the sport. Miss Amulet comfortably beat a very quick filly in Frenetic to win a Listed race over five furlongs, before defeating Sacred by a length to capture the Lowther Stakes over six furlongs at York.

Miss Amulet broke quickly and made the running in the Cheveley Park Stakes. Alcohol Free would go onto win, but Ryan Moore's mount stuck to her guns gamely to finish just half-a-length behind in second.

Although she stayed a mile well enough to place in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf, and Condon ran her in the Irish Guineas, a speedy six-furlongs looks to be Miss Amulet's optimum trip. Her juvenile form over this distance has worked out really well this term, so I see no reason why she can't outrun her odds at this year's July Festival.

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Miss Amulet (right) finishing second to Alcohol Free in the 2020 Cheveley Park Stakes. (Getty)

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Verdict

Having returned to top form at Royal Ascot, Oxted looks perfectly placed to win back-to-back July Cups.

Miss Amulet has been waiting for quick ground all season, and Ken Condon's raider appeals grealty at 50/1.

2021 July Cup Tip 1: Oxted Straight Win @400.00 at BetMGM - 20 Units
2021 July Cup Tip 2: Miss Amulet Each-Way @5000.0 at PlaySugarhouse Sport - 5 Units

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