July Cup & Superlative Stakes Odds, Field and Betting Picks

An action packed Saturday card from Newmarket headlines the British racing this weekend. All eyes will be on the Group 1 July Cup which will be supported by this year’s renewal of the Group 2 Superlative Stakes. 

Nine runners have been declared for this year’s July Cup. The current favorite is the Julie Camacho trained Shaquille. An impressive winner of the 2023 Commonwealth Cup at this year’s Royal Ascot, he will be hoping to record a sixth successive victory. 

Ten have been declared for the Superlative Stakes which is exclusively for two-year-olds. With most of the field having just had the one run, the current favorite is City of Troy. Trained by Aidan O’Brien, he got off to a good start by winning a hot Irish Maiden on debut impressively.

July Cup

Group 1, 6 furlongs, turf, open to horses aged three and over. Total prize pool: £600,000

2023 Commonwealth Cup hero Shaquille will bid for his second Grade 1 of the season as he starts as the favorite for this year’s July Cup. 

Having progressed with each run, his performance last time out in the Commonwealth was nothing short of spectacular. Having missed the break, he was able to reattach himself to the rest of the field and despite his early exertions still had enough to class to power home and win the race by over a length. 

In what was a superbly impressive performance a repeat of that here should see him go very close. 

Shaquille beat out the Aidan O’Brien trained Little Big Bear in the Commonwealth and the master Irish trainer sends him out here looking to come out on top this time around. 

A Group 1 winner as a two-year-old, he tasted success in the 2023 Grade 2 Sandy Lane Stakes. A classy performer, he should be one to keep an eye on with interest for his trainer that last won this race back in 2019.

Of the older horses in the race Azure Blue heads into the contest fresh off the back of a career best success in the 2023 Grade 2 Clipper Stakes. A winner of his last four races, which include two at this track, that form looks to give him a strong chance. 

Khaadem was a shock winner of the 2023 Group 1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Royal Ascot just a few weeks ago. A talented horse that has been beset by injuries, his performance in the Queen Elizabeth was impressive as he made a mockery of his starting price of +8000. 

Kinross is another grizzled veteran and is looking to land the third Group 1 race of his career. All conquering last year, which included a sensational victory in the 2023 British Champions Sprint Stakes, he has just had the one run this year where he finished behind Khaadem in the Queen Elizabeth. He arrives with something to prove. 

At a huge price Emaraaty Ana’s chances can’t be dismissed. A former Group 1 winner, her winless run has now stretched to ten races. However a recent wind op could have done the trick and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see her better the sixth-place finish that she achieved in the race last year.

Rounding out the field are the trio of Art Power, Run to Freedom and Vadream. All look as if they have something to find in relation to those at the top of the market. 

July Cup Odds & Betting Pick

This year’s July Cup looks fascinating as two of the best three-year-olds come up against some quality experienced veterans. The nature of Shaquille’s victory in the Commonwealth was impressive and he rightly starts as the favorite. Keep an eye on Kinross who could bounce back to form at a decent price.

HorseJockeyHorse Racing Odds by Jazzsports
ShaquilleRossa Ryan+200
Little Big BearRyan Moore+250
Azure BluePaul Mulrennan+325
KinrossWilliam Buick+425
KhaademRob Hornby+900
Art PowerDavid Allan+1600
Emaraaty AnaNeil Callan+2500
Run to FreedomTrevor Whelan+2500
VadreamKieran Shoemark+4000

Superlative Stakes

Group 2, 7 furlongs, turf, open to horses aged two. Total prize pool: £97,000

Another competitive renewal of the Superlative Stakes awaits with some of the UK and Ireland’s most promising two-year-olds locking horns on the world famous Newmarket track.

Aiden O’Brien has won this race three times and will be hoping for a fourth success with City of Troy. An impressive winner on debut, he looks to be one of O’Brien’s most promising two-year-olds. 

No one has dominated this race quite like Charlie Appleby in recent times. A winner of four of the past seven renewals, Appleby will be hoping for another victory and sends out Great Truth who won his debut impressively at Leicester just a few weeks ago.

Richard Hannon last tasted success in the race back in 2019 and he hopes to add to his Superlative haul with Haatem. One of the more experienced horses in the contest, he arrives at the race having had one win from four starts. His fifth last time out in the 2023 Group 2 Coventry Stakes is a decent bit of form and could prove to be competitive. 

Hannon is the only trainer to saddle two in the race as Pat Dobbs will take the ride on Son. A comfortable winner last time out, he can’t be disregarded at a large price. 

Rossa Ryan has long been regarded as one of the best young jockeys in the UK and has enjoyed plenty of group success. He will be hoping to win this race for the first time and takes the ride on Iberian. 

Trained by Charlie Hills, Iberian looked impressive when winning on debut just over a month ago. With improvement likely, he could be one to challenge the top two in the market.

Andrew Balding has never won this race but will be looking to change that this year. He saddles Spanish Phoenix. His performance last time out saw him finish eighth in the Coventry and he will need to produce something special to come out on top here. 

Completing the lineup is the quartet of Oddyssey, Quatre Bras, Cuban Thunder and Metallo. Whilst they can be discounted, all will start as the outsiders of the field. 

Superlative Stakes Odds & Betting Prediction

The Superlative is often one of the hardest betting races of the year simply because each of the runners could significantly improve. Charlie Appleby’s recent form is a concern which is why it’s City of Troy who gets the nod. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see Son run another big race at a large price.

HorseJockeyHorse Racing Odds by Jazzsports
City of TroyRyan Moore+125
Great TruthWilliam Buick+275
HaatemSean Levey+675
IberianRossa Ryan+950
Spanish PhoenixRob Hornby+950
OddysseyNeil Callan+1300
SonPat Dobbs+1300
Quatre BrasMarco Ghiani+2500
MetalloCharles Bishop+3300
Cuban ThunderKevin Stott+4000

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