July Cup, Newmarket, Sat. 15th 

Hello.

An early blog for Saturday because I’m travelling down to the wilds of Suffolk before a short journey to Racing HQ for the Group 1 6f £500k sprint that is one of the great highlights of the flat season, namely the July Cup.

My money goes on last year’s winner (yes, I always bet on skippy speedster), LIMATO, who will have his work cut out against the 3yo Caravaggio, and Harry Angel, with their weight advantages. Nevertheless, Limato has a great chance if back to his best, as the Diamond Jubilee indicated.

As a gelding, Limato seems to get messed about a lot by both owner and trainer. Henry Candy runs him at anything from 5f to 1m, with his optimum now probably 7f. However, he has a brilliant turn of foot as shown by his 2nd place in the 5f Nunthorpe behind Mecca’s Angel and last year’s July Cup.

So, Caravaggio may carry all before him but the older horses, such as The Tin Man and Tasleet are class acts also.

A fabulous race to enjoy for true fans of racing.

Thanks for reading.

Post race comment

An exciting afternoon!

Limato saw off Caravaggio comfortably but the draw meant that Harry Bentley tracked a horse that slowed early rather than Harry Angel who got first run. He closed the gap to a length by the finishing line and looks back to his best after his recent muscle injury. Where to next, Henry? York would be excellent for me personally, but unlikely. No doubt Limato will look for a Group 1 7f. France beckons!