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Thursday 11 July 2013
Big Race Facts - The July Cup
The Darley July Cup - Newmarket
The July Stakes is the oldest surviving event for two-year-olds in the British flat racing calendar. It was established in 1786, and it was originally open to horses of either gender. The conditions initially stipulated that those horses sired by Eclipse or Highflyer should carry an additional weight of three pounds.
The present system of race grading was introduced in 1971, and for a period the July Stakes was classed at Group 3 level. The event was restricted to colts and geldings in 1977, and it was promoted to Group 2 status in 2003.
The July Stakes is currently held on the opening day of Newmarket's three-day July Festival
Draw Record last 5 years :
11, 10, 12, 8 (12) Heavy
: 2, 9, 7, 1 (16) Good to Firm
: 4, 5, 1, 13 (14) Good to Firm
: 5, 4, 9, 13 (13) Good to Firm
: 8, 5, 10, 12 (13) Good
Age of Winner
3, 4, 4, 5
1st Mayson, 2nd The Cheka, 3rd Society Rock, 4th Ortensia
: 1st Dream Ahead, 2nd Bated Breath, 3rd Hitchens, 4th Libranno
: 1st Starspanglebanner, 2nd Equiano, 3rd Alverta, 4th Kingsgate Native
2012 Review -
the winner who had been
taken to post early, showed bright pace down the centre and had all his rivals in trouble heading down to the two furlong pole, keeping up the gallop to win emphatically.
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