July Cup A-Z and selections

ART POWER (17) 14/1

He’s been banging on the door in Group One sprints but only when the ground is softer, which must be by design. He’ll need rain and even then will probably come up short again.

BRANDO (1) 80/1

Past his best and on the downgrade.

CHIL CHIL (8) 16/1

Would need a career best but not too much to find.

CREATIVE FORCE (3) 6/1

How can you not love this horse? He’s top class, consistent and wins like he’s got more to give. He’s the one horse in the race I think could be a real top notcher in time.

DRAGON SYMBOL (6) 5/1

Super impressive at Royal Ascot when pulling clear of a good field before being demoted to second in the Commonwealth Cup. Very consistent for a sprinter and looks up to this level.

EMARAATY ANA (15) 66/1

Started the season well but hasn’t shown enough since.

EXTRAVAGANT KID (12) 20/1

Competitive in international Group One sprints and not far behind at Royal Ascot. Falls short of top class but clearly has a chance and 20/1 is quite big.

GARRUS (9) 66/1

Effective at the track but has it all to do on known form.

GLEN SHEIL (14) 14/1

Classy and consistent at this grade when allowed softer conditions, but summer ground is probably not ideal. Never raced at Newmarket.

GLORIOUS JOURNEY (11) 50/1

Better over 7f than this trip.

GOOD EFFORT (7) 40/1

Looks to have it all to do on the form book.

LINE OF DEPARTURE (5) 25/1

On the upgrade, winning on reappearance to take his record to four wins from eight starts, but this requires another big step forward. He’s got a squeak.

METHOD (2) 25/1

He’s always shown lots of potential but has been caught in bad ground and should have more to offer. His comeback fifth is hot form and he’s got a good chance if the three-year-old form holds up.

MISS AMULET (10) 50/1

I can see the argument at a big price for a classy juvenile whose only run this season was on bad ground over a mile in the Irish Guineas. That’s easily forgiven and she’s bang there if she can prove she’s trained on.

OXTED (15) 6/1

Last year’s winner who also landed the King’s Stand at Royal Ascot. He looks rock solid and probably should be favourite.

ROHAAN (18) 15/2

The Wokingham winner who just keeps on improving and represents some of the best three-year-old form in the race. His draw isn’t ideal if the low numbers make the running.

STARMAN (4) 4/1

Classy and full of potential but very short in the betting given he’s yet to make a mark at this level. Looked really good on reappearance beating Oxted, who has no doubt improved since.

SUMMERGHAND (13) 40/1

Good Newmarket record and at his best on fast ground – he beat Oxted in April – but with form figures 415712527/16211381310030/2253424401/4468221612836-73241140 he’s thoroughly exposed.

SUPREMACY (19) 16/1

Last year’s leading juvenile sprinter who burst his bubble on reappearance. You’d have to be in a very forgiving mood to make a case for him on that evidence.

The verdict

CREATIVE FORCE has the x-factor and could prove a class apart so has to be backed to continue his winning spree. Fellow three-year-old DRAGON SYMBOL threatens to be even better on faster going, and gets a narrow verdict over last year’s winner Oxted.

1pt win Creative Force 11/2, 16:25 Newmarket, Saturday
1pt win Dragon Symbol 11/2, 16:25 Newmarket, Saturday

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