July Festival Course Guide and Key Stats

Timeform’s in-depth guide to Newmarket’s July Course, featuring all the key facts and figures for the July 2022 festival.

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The July course is two miles and a stadium with a right hand turn halfway through, the first mile being part of the Cesarewitch course, the last the Bunbury straight mile. There are undulations on the first three-quarters of a mile of the straight, the course then descends for a yard before climbing to the line. As with the Rowley Mile course, the ability to see the journey well is essential.

Main jockeys active in Newmarket (July)

Sorted by strike rate since 2017 (minimum 25 journeys)

  • William Buick 23.00% (46-200)
  • James Doyle 21.65% (55-254)
  • Marco Ghiani 21.28% (10-47)
  • Robert Havlin 21.21% (21-99)
  • Dane O’Neill 18.90% (24-127)

Other points to consider

  • Along with posting the best strike rates on the July course, Godolphin jockeys James Doyle (55) and William Buick (46) also lead in win count since 2017.
  • Doyle was the top jockey at last year’s July Festival with four winners ahead of Tom Marquand and Oisin Murphy with three.
  • Of the most successful jockeys on the July course, PJ McDonald was the most profitable to watch, with his 13 winners out of 71 races generating a profit of 15.75.

Main trainers active in Newmarket (July)

Sorted by strike rate since 2017 (minimum 25 riders)

  • Said bin Suroor 28.75% (23-80)
  • Charlie Appleby 28.64% (59-206)
  • John (and Thady) Gosden 20.00% (47-235)
  • Owen Burrows 20.00% (6-30)
  • Ed Walker 19.15% (9-47)

Other points to consider

  • While the two Godolphin trainers have very similar strike rates, backing all of Saeed bin Suroor’s runners would have brought a profit of 17.88 stakes compared to a loss of 8.89 if he backed all of Charlie’s runners Appleby.
  • Charlie Appleby was the main coach at last year’s July Festival with five winners ahead of Richard Hannon with four and William Haggas with three.

Falmouth Stakes Trends

Since 2000 unless otherwise stated

  • Jockey – Ryan Moore is the only active jockey to have won the Falmouth Stakes more than once, winning it three times since 2014
  • Coach – Sir Michael Stoute has won the Falmouth Stakes six times, twice this century, most recently with Veracious in 2019

July Cup Trends

Since 2000 unless otherwise stated

  • Jockey – John Egan, Paul Hanagan, Adam Kirby and Ryan Moore have all won the July Cup twice, with Moore’s victories being his most recent in 2018 and 2019
  • Former – Aidan O’Brien is the most successful manager in July Cup history with five wins since 1999, most recently with Ten Sovereigns in 2019.

Best performances at the July Festival

Sorted by Timeform performance ratings over the past five years

  • Alpha Centauri (126) – Falmouth Stakes 2018 (WIN)
  • Ten Sovereigns (126) – July Cup 2019 (WIN)
  • Starman (125) – July Cup 2021 (WIN)
  • US Navy Flag (124) – July Cup 2018 (WIN)
  • Mokhayel (123) – 2021 Bunbury Cup (WIN)
  • Sir Ron Priestley (123) – 2021 Princess of Wales’s Stakes (WIN)

Three July Cup winners are among those who have achieved the best performances at the July Festival in recent seasons. Among these was 2019 winner Ten Sovereigns, who earned a notable renewal for having all five three-year-olds on the pitch occupy the top five spots. Ten Sovereigns were two and three-quarters ahead of Advertise, the colt who beat him to fourth in the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot.

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Alpha Centauri has been one of the top winners of the Falmouth Stakes since becoming a Group 1 in 2004. Sent off at 4/9, she rode all the way to win by four and a half lengths, following on from previous victories of group 1 in the Irish 1000 Guineas and Coronation Stakes before finishing a quadruple in the Prix Jacques Le Marois.

Motakhayyel put in a very smart performance to win July’s Festival big handicap, the Bunbury Cup, for the second consecutive year in 2021. Under a peak weight of 9-10, he missed an easy winner by three and a half lengths of Fundamental, conceding more than one stone to second.

Last season’s St Leger runner-up Sir Ron Priestley put in the best effort of his career to win the Princess of Wales’s Stakes in 2021. He rode all the way and showed a willing attitude to hold off the favorite Al Aasy who had been beaten by the same margin in the Coronation Cup in his previous start.

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