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NEWMARKET JULY FESTIVAL PREVIEW | The Group 2 Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes

Nine go to post in the 6f contest at Newmarket on Friday afternoon

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The second day of the July Festival holds two Grouped contests, with the Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes scheduled first at Newmarket on Friday afternoon.

The unbeaten SANDRINE (9/4) holds favouritism, after causing an upset in the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Andrew Balding’s filly dealt with the tough conditions well in Berkshire, travelling smoothly to push past the leading Hello You in the final furlong and claim success by a length and a half.

watch: sandrine wins the albany stakes [credit: racing tv]

She is yet to tackle faster ground, but she has shown no reason why she would struggle in the better conditions and looks the one to beat here.

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HELLO YOU (7/2) lost her unbeaten record to her rival three weeks ago, but she could well have more to offer for Ralph Beckett.

Ralph Beckett
Hello You heads to Newmarket for Ralph Beckett

The daughter of Invincible Spirit is unexposed on quicker ground currently and she showed a high level of improvement when finishing second in Berkshire.

The two-year-old could show further progress here and is one to watch in this contest.

OSCULA (11/2) ran well to land third in the same race and George Boughey’s filly could have more in the locker.

She beat the boys in the Woodcote Stakes at Epsom last month, seeing off her rivals well to win by three lengths.

The Galileo Gold filly has two lengths to find on the favourite, but she is still of high interest at this level.

FLOTUS (13/2) could flourish in the better conditions for Simon & Ed Crisford, while Stuart Williams’ DESERT DREAMER (12/1) returns to Grouped company after finishing a neck second in the Listed Empress Fillies’ Stakes at Newmarket a fortnight ago.

SADMAH (12/1) is given her first chance to claim some black type for Kevin Ryan and Richard Fahey’s SHOULDAVBEENMORE (20/1) will need to show improvement at this level if she is to be competitive here.

G804KH Trainer Richard Fahey before the Olympic Glory Conditions Stakes Race run during Al Shaqab Lockinge Day at Newbury Racecourse.
Shouldavbeenmore features at Newmarket for Richard Fahey

Mark Johnston’s ELLADE (33/1) and Karl Burke’s HONEY SWEET (33/1) complete the line-up for the 6f contest.

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