July Cup

The Group 1 July Cup is the highlight of the racing year on Newmarket’s July course. It is one of the most prestigious sprint races in the calendar and often attracts an International field.

The July Cup takes place on Saturday 15th July 2023.

The winner of the July Cup can stake a claim to be sprint champion of Europe.

Notable past winners include Chief Singer (1984), Ajdal (1987), Royal Academy (1990), Agnes World (2000) and Dream Ahead (2011).

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July Cup

The Race Overview – July Cup

The July Cup takes place over a straight six furlongs on the Newmarket July course on the closing Saturday of the big summer festival.

It is the obvious target for horses that ran in the featured sprint races at Royal Ascot; the Commonwealth Cup and the Diamond Jubilee Stakes.

There can be quite a large field for the July Cup and it is a difficult race to come from too far off the pace.

There is no draw bias but you do not want a hold-up horse to be drawn out wide unless it has some horses with early speed to take it into the race.

Famous July Cup Winners & History

The July Cup was first staged in 1876 with the first two runnings won by Springfield, a colt bred by Queen Victoria at her Hampton Court Stud. Sundridge became the first horse to win the race three times when successful in 1902, 1903 and 1904, an achievement that is yet to be matched.

The race was originally classed at Group 2 level in 1971 but was elevated to Group 1 status in 1978. There was a golden age for sprinting in the 1980’s with the likes of Moorestyle (1980), Marwell (1981), Sharpo (1982), Chief Singer (1984) and Ajdal (1987) among those to add their names to the roll of honour.

Chief Singer was a handsome dark colt with a broad white face who burst onto the racing scene with a stunning debut victory in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot. He chased home El Gran Senor in the 2000 Guineas and deservedly gained his first Group 1 in the St James’s Palace Stakes. He won by 8 lengths and set a new course record in the process.

Sheather felt that the colt had so much speed that he could take on the best sprinters in the July Cup. He was fully vindicated with a victory over a strong field that included previous winners Never So Bold and Habibti.

Ajdal was even more versatile, a son of Northern Dancer trained by Sir Michael Stoute. His previous start had been in the Epsom Derby over a mile and a half. He had been a brilliant two-year-old and won the Craven Stakes on his first start as a three-year-old before suffering defeat in both the English and Irish 2000 Guineas.

The July Cup has continued to produce sprinters of the highest class. Royal Academy (1990) was the fifth and final winner in the race for Trainer Vincent O’Brien. He was ridden by John Reid at Newmarket but would go on to win the Breeders’ Cup Mile, famously ridden by an out-of-retirement Lester Piggott. Piggott won this race for a record tenth and final time on Mr Brooks in 1992.

Key July Cup Trials

Six of the last twelve July Cup winners last ran at Royal Ascot in either the Diamond Jubilee Stakes or the Commonwealth Cup. Starspangledbanner (2010), Lethal Force (2013) and Slade Power (2014) all won the Diamond Jubilee before winning here. Muhaarar (2015) completed the Commonwealth Cup/July Cup double but the next five winners of that race were all beaten at Newmarket.

It has been a similar story for winners of the King’s Stand Stakes (five furlongs) with all four winners beaten here in the last twelve seasons.

July Cup Betting Trends

Favourites have a poor record in the July Cup with only five winners in the past twenty years. Three of those came in quick succession: Sole Power (2014), Muhaarar (2015) and Limato (2016). The only other two to prevail were Marchand d’Or (2008) and Starspangledbanner (2010).

The longest-priced July Cup winner in recent years was Pastoral Pursuits (2005) at 22-1 while Mayson revelled in the soft ground to spring a 20-1 surprise in 2012. Frizzante (2004) won at 14-1, Continent (2002), Fleeting Spirit (2009) and Oxted (2020) all returned at 12-1.

July Cup Odds 2023

Here are the latest odds for the July Cup in July 2023:

  • These odds have not yet been released.

July Cup Tips 2023

Here are some tips for July Cup in July 2023:

2 points to win for TBC at odds of TBC
1 point each way for TBC at odds of TBC

Several of the horses competing in the July Cup will also compete in other races throughout the year. Keep a close eye on the horses and place your ante-post bets after you’ve seen how they perform.

July Cup Previous Result

July Cup Previous Winners

Year Winner Age Jockey Trainer Owner Time
1918Irish Elegance3Freddie FoxHarry CottrillJames White
1919Diadem5Steve DonoghueGeorge Lambton1st Baron d'Abernon
1920Diadem6George CollingGeorge Lambton1st Baron d'Abernon
1921Tetratema4Brownie CarslakeAtty PersseDermot McCalmont
1922Pharmacie4Steve DonoghueHarry CottrillJames White
1923Golden Corn4Joe ChildsCecil Boyd-RochfortMarshall Field III
1924Drake4Michael BearyHarry CottrillMrs S Whitburn
1925Diomedes3John LeachHarvey LeaderS W Beer
1926(dh)DiomedesPhalaros44John LeachTommy WestonHarvey LeaderGeorge LambtonS W BeerMrs A James
1927Highborn4Harry BeasleyOssie BellHugo Cunliffe-Owen
1928Golden Oracle3Joe ChildsH UssherH Whitworth
1929Tiffin4Freddie FoxFred Darling4th Earl of Ellesmere
1930Sir Cosmo4George SwannWilliam WaltersRichard Garton
1931Xandover4Charlie ElliottF HoltJ Schwod
1932Concerto4Harry WraggOssie BellHugo Cunliffe-Owen
1933Myrobella3Gordon RichardsFred Darling5th Earl of Lonsdale
1934Coroado4Herbert GunnW EasterbyF J Lundgren
1935Bellacose3Patrick BeasleyRobert CollingP Dunne
1936Bellacose4Patrick BeasleyRobert CollingP Dunne
1937Micky The Greek3Harry WraggHenry LeachN Frieze
1938Shalfleet7Richard PerrymanHarvey LeaderJ Walker
1939Portobello3Tommy LowreyRobert CollingP Dunne
1939no race 1940
1941Comatas4Billy NevettOssie BellMiss K Farrar
1939no race 1942–44
1945Honeyway4Eph SmithJack JarvisLord Milford
1946The Bug3Charlie SmirkeGerald WellesleyNorman Wachmann
1947Falls of Clyde3Sam WraggE WilliamsMiss P Vaughan
1948Palm Vista3Eph SmithRufus BeasleyE Broadbelt
1949Abernant3Gordon RichardsNoel MurlessReginald Macdonald-Buchanan
1950Abernant4Gordon RichardsNoel MurlessReginald Macdonald-Buchanan
1951Hard Sauce3Gordon RichardsNorman BertieVictor Sassoon
1952Set Fair3Eph SmithWalter NightingallC Bell
1953Devon Vintage3Gordon RichardsRobert CollingRobert Boucher
1954Vilmoray4William SnaithB BullockA Green
1955Pappa Fourway3Harry CarrBill DuttonElaine Goldson
1956Matador3Bill RickabyJack WaughMrs J Ferguson
1957Vigo4Lester PiggottBill DuttonT Farr
1958Right Boy4Lester PiggottBill DuttonG Gilbert
1959Right Boy5Lester PiggottPat RohanG Gilbert
1960Tin Whistle3Lester PiggottPat RohanB Grainger
1961Galivanter5Harry CarrDick HernLionel Brook Holliday
1962Marsolve4Bill RickabyReg DayMalcolm McAlpine
1963Secret Step4Geoff LewisPeter Hastings-BassPaul Mellon
1964Daylight Robbery3Scobie BreasleyArthur BudgettR Budgett
1965Merry Madcap3Ron HutchinsonFreddie MaxwellMrs H Frelinghuysen
1966Lucasland4Eric EldinJack WaughJ Baillie
1967Forlorn River5Bruce RaymondArthur StephensonMrs W A Richardson
1968So Blessed3Frankie DurrMichael JarvisDavid Robinson
1969Tudor Music3Frankie DurrMichael JarvisDavid Robinson
1970Huntercombe3Sandy BarclayArthur BudgettHorace Renshaw
1971Realm4Brian TaylorJohn WinterBob Boucher1:13.60
1972Parsimony3Ron HutchinsonFulke Johnson HoughtonRuby Holland-Martin
1973Thatch3Lester PiggottVincent O'BrienJack Mulcahy1:13.10
1974Saritamer3Lester PiggottVincent O'BrienCharles St George1:11.80
1975Lianga4Yves Saint-MartinAngel Penna, Sr.Daniel Wildenstein1:11.80
1976Lochnager4Edward HideMick EasterbyCharles Spence1:12.30
1977Gentilhombre [a]4Paul CookNeil AdamJ. Murrell1:11.40
1978Solinus3Lester PiggottVincent O'BrienDanny Schwartz1:11.90
1979Thatching4Lester PiggottVincent O'BrienRobert Sangster1:13.20
1980Moorestyle3Lester PiggottRobert ArmstrongMoores Furnishings Ltd1:12.89
1981Marwell3Walter SwinburnMichael StouteSir Edmund Loder1:14.10
1982Sharpo5Pat EdderyJeremy TreeMonica Sheriffe1:11.74
1983Habibti3Willie CarsonJohn DunlopMohamed Mutawa1:12.11
1984Chief Singer3Ray CochraneRon SheatherJeff Smith1:11.75
1985Never So Bold5Steve CauthenRobert ArmstrongEdward Kessly1:11.86
1986Green Desert3Walter SwinburnMichael StouteMaktoum Al Maktoum1:12.25
1987Ajdal3Walter SwinburnMichael StouteSheikh Mohammed1:11.02
1988Soviet Star4Cash AsmussenAndré FabreSheikh Mohammed1:12.55
1989Cadeaux Genereux4Paul EdderyAlex ScottMaktoum Al Maktoum1:09.82
1990Royal Academy3John ReidVincent O'BrienClassic Thoroughbred plc1:11.46
1991Polish Patriot3Ray CochraneGuy HarwoodDick Kirstein1:12.98
1992Mr Brooks5Lester PiggottRichard Hannon Sr.Paul Green1:11.80
1993Hamas4Willie CarsonPeter WalwynHamdan Al Maktoum1:13.08
1994Owington3Paul EdderyGeoff WraggBaron G. von Ullmann1:10.96
1995Lake Coniston4Pat EdderyGeoff LewisHighclere Racing Ltd1:12.42
1996Anabaa4Freddy HeadCriquette HeadGhislaine Head1:10.63
1997Compton Place3Seb SandersJames Toller11th Duke of Devonshire1:12.10
1998Elnadim4Richard HillsJohn DunlopHamdan Al Maktoum1:09.72
1999Stravinsky3Michael KinaneAidan O'BrienMagnier / Tabor1:09.51
2000Agnes World5Yutaka TakeHideyuki MoriTakao Watanabe1:13.18
2001Mozart3Michael KinaneAidan O'BrienTabor / Magnier1:09.86
2002Continent5Darryll HollandDavid NichollsLucayan Stud1:13.00
2003Oasis Dream3Richard HughesJohn GosdenKhalid Abdullah1:09.94
2004Frizzante5Johnny MurtaghJames FanshaweHopper / Grundy1:11.51
2005Pastoral Pursuits4John EganHughie MorrisonPursuits / National Stud1:11.86
2006Les Arcs6John EganTim PittWillie McKay1:11.16
2007Sakhee's Secret3Steve DrowneHughie MorrisonBridget Swire1:10.77
2008Marchand d'Or5Davy BonillaFreddy HeadCarla Giral1:11.01
2009Fleeting Spirit4Tom QueallyJeremy NosedaThe Searchers1:09.58
2010Starspangledbanner4Johnny MurtaghAidan O'BrienMichael Tabor et al.1:09.81
2011Dream Ahead3Hayley TurnerDavid SimcockKhalifa Dasmal1:10.66
2012Mayson4Paul HanaganRichard FaheyDavid W. Armstrong1:15.90
2013Lethal Force4Adam KirbyClive CoxAlan G. Craddock1:09.11
2014Slade Power5Wayne LordanEdward LynamSabena Power1:12.40
2015Muhaarar3Paul HanaganCharlie HillsHamdan Al Maktoum1:09.34
2016Limato4Harry BentleyHenry CandyPaul G. Jacobs1:09.97
2017Harry Angel3Adam KirbyClive CoxGodolphin1:11:25
2018U S Navy Flag3Ryan MooreAidan O'BrienTabor / Smith / Magnier1:11:32
2019Ten Sovereigns3Ryan MooreAidan O'BrienTabor / Smith / Magnier1:09.31
2020Oxted4Cieren FallonRoger TealS Piper, T Hirschfeld & D Fish1:09.59
2021Starman4Tom MarquandEd WalkerDavid Ward1:10.11
2022Alcohol Free4Rob HornbyAndrew BaldingJeff Smith1:09.47

July Cup Stats

Thirteen of the last fourteen July Cup winners were aged three or four. The exception was the five-year-old Slade Power in 2014. Les Arcs won at the age of six in 2006, the oldest winner since the year older Shalfleet way back in 1938.

Five of the last twelve winners had a previous success at Newmarket and all of them had at least one victory in a Group 1 to Group 3 contest. An official rating of at least 112 is usually required to win the July Cup.

The highest-rated winner in recent seasons was Dream Ahead (rated 126) in 2011. Dream Ahead was ridden by Hayley Turner who became the first woman to ride the outright winner of a British Group 1 flat race.

Top Trainers and Jockeys of the July Cup

Aidan O’Brien equalled the July Cup record of five winners when Ten Sovereigns won in 2019. He currently shares the record with Charles Morton and Vincent O’Brien. Clive Cox has saddled two July Cup winners with Lethal Force (2013) and Harry Angel (2017).

Nobody has come close to threatening Lester Piggott’s record ten victories in this race. His wins include four successive victories from 1957 to 1960. Ryan Moore rode U S Navy Flag (2018) and Ten Sovereigns (2019) to victory while Paul Hanagan also has two victories; Mayson (2012) and Muhaarar (2015).

Betting on the July Cup 2023

There is a strong ante-post market on the July Cup which really takes shape in the aftermath of Royal Ascot.

The winners of the Diamond Jubilee Stakes and the Commonwealth Cup tend to dominate the betting.

History shows that horses with winning form in Group races consistently come out on top here so horses stepping up in grade from handicaps or listed class should be treated with caution.

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Popular Questions

Who won the July Cup 2021?

Starman, aged 4, was the winner of the July Cup in 2021.

Where is the July Cup run?

The July Cup is run at Newmarket Racecourse.

What distance is the July Cup?

The July Cup has a total distance of 6 furlongs (1,207 metres).

Summary of the July Cup

The July Cup takes place in the relaxed atmosphere of the July course at Newmarket and is one of the sprint highlights of the season.

Royal Ascot form is put to the test here with the fastest three-year-olds taking on their elders.

The July Cup is one of our favourite sprint races of the year.

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