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NEWMARKET JULY FESTIVAL | Three Value Picks to consider for Day 1

A promising juvenile, a handicap debutant and an intriguing gelding make up the selections on the opening day of the Newmarket July Festival



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The first day of the July Festival gets underway on Thursday, with a seven-race card on offer for punters at Newmarket.

The action starts with a six furlongs Maiden Fillies’ Stakes at 1:20 and concludes with the one-mile John Deere Handicap at 4:45.

The Bahrain Trophy features at 1:50, while the July Stakes and Princess Of Wales’s Stakes follow at 2:25 and 3:35.

Our team have hunted through the card in attempt of tracking down some value at the Suffolk course.

Here are three selections to add to your calculations on the opening day of the July Festival.

EBRO RIVER – 2.25 Newmarket (13/2 – 888sport)

A smart winner over the minimum distance in the Listed National Stakes, Ebro River could run another big race at a decent price in the July Stakes.

Hugo Palmer’s juvenile gave a good account of himself in the Coventry Stakes, finishing fifth on fast ground.

Hugo Palmer
Hugo Palmer has a smart colt in Ebro River

He has a length to find on Eldrickjones but the two-year-old is confident on soft ground and the inbound rain could well benefit him here, with his price tag of 6/1 potentially holding some value.

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SPYCATCHER – 3.00 Newmarket (18/1 – William Hill)

After several respectable efforts in Group company for Karl Burke, Spycatcher is given his handicap debut over six furlongs.

The colt finished in the places in the Acomb Stakes as a two-year-old and in the Pavilion Stakes and the Carnarvon Stakes earlier this season.

Karl Burke
Karl Burke sends Spycatcher to Newmarket for his handicap debut

The three-year-old does carry a high mark for this contest, but he has potentially more to offer and looks overpriced at 18/1 in this company.

GIN PALACE – 4.45 Newmarket (14/1 – William Hill)

A gelding that has slipped back down the ratings, Gin Palace could hint of some each-way interest in the John Deere Handicap.

He is now 3lbs lower than his last winning mark, which came on the Rowley Mile at the course last summer.

Eve Johnson Houghton’s runner will need to improve here, but he could well be competitive at this mark and looks interesting at 14/1.

Reece Charlton is a Content Writer at Low6 that specializes in horse racing. He is an avid hunter of value in the racing world, picking out longshots six days a week across the National Hunt and Flat cards on offer across the UK and Ireland. He keeps punters and race fans in the know with his racing expertise with previews and value picks for all the big cards and meetings.