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NEWMARKET JULY FESTIVAL PREVIEW | The Group 3 Bahrain Trophy

Six go to post in the first Group contest of the July Festival at Newmarket

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The July Festival kicks off at Newmarket on Thursday afternoon, with three days of racing action for flat fans to look forward to in Suffolk.

The first Group contest to feature is the Bahrain Trophy, with six runners declared in the 1m5f contest.

STOWELL (15/8) holds favouritism currently, with John & Thady Gosden’s colt showing some promise on his three starts to date.

The three-year-old was only a head away from snatching victory on his debut at Lingfield, but he comfortably claimed success on his next start as he won by two and a quarter lengths at Ascot.

John and Thady Gosden at Royal Ascot
John & Thady Gosden send Stowell to Newmarket on Thursday

He ran a cracker to finish third in the Queen’s Vase at Royal Ascot and he looks the one to beat here on that form alone.

The son of Zoffany is still majorly unexposed and he could well have more to offer here.

YIBIR (5/2) looks the main danger to the favourite, as Charlie Appleby’s gelding returns after a 50-day break.

The three-year-old has given some respectable efforts so far this season, finishing third in the bet365 Classic Trial back in April and claiming second in the Cocked Hat Stakes on his last start at Goodwood.

Charlie Appleby smiles at the Ebor Festival
Charlie Appleby will be hoping Yibir can claim some black type at Newmarket

He is stepped up in trip here and the gelding should appreciate the return to quicker ground on this occasion.

Mark Johnston sends a pair of runners to Newmarket for the contest, with Group 1 winner GEAR UP (11/2) hoping to bounce back to form and DANCING KING (8/1) will be aiming to turn his handicap successes into some black type.

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The unbeaten MANDOOB (8/1) makes his first start in Grouped company for Brian Meehan, while Roger Charlton’s PLEASANT MAN (8/1) will need to prove himself at this level after falling down the pecking order in the Chester Vase Stakes last month.

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