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NEWMARKET JULY FESTIVAL PREVIEW | The Group 2 Superlative Stakes

Nine runners are declared in the seven furlongs contest at Newmarket on Saturday afternoon



Master Of The Seas ridden by William Buick riding (centre) win The bet365 Craven Stakes at Newmarket Racecourse. Picture date: Thursday April 15, 2021.
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The final day of the July Festival has two Group races on the card, with nine going to post in the Superlative Stakes at Newmarket.

DHABAB (5/2) carries Group 2 experience in the contest and went off as favourite for the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot.

The No Nay Never colt was fairly convincing on his debut at Leicester and he stayed on well on his last start, finishing sixth in Berkshire.

John and Thady Gosden at Royal Ascot
John & Thady Gosden send Dhabab to Newmarket on Saturday

John & Thady Gosden’s juvenile is stepped up in trip here but that shouldn’t phase him and he definitely can compete at this level.

NATIVE TRAIL (9/2) makes his first start in Grouped company after impressing on his debut at Sandown last month.

Charlie Appleby smiles at the Ebor Festival
Native Trail features at Newmarket for Charlie Appleby

The son of Oasis Dream made light work of his rivals in a 7f maiden, but the form from that contest looks weak.

Charlie Appleby’s recruit could well have more to offer but he will need to show further progress if he is to win here.

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GREAT MAX (13/2) finished strongly in the Listed Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot, staying on well in the final furlong to claim third.

Michael Bell’s colt gave a good account of himself on testing ground and he should appreciate the return to quicker conditions here.

MASEKELA (8/1) could tackle faster ground for the first time for Andrew Balding, while Tom Dascombe’s MOT AND THE MESSER (12/1) is given his chance to land some black type after a dominant performance at Ripon three weeks ago.

Stablemate MR MCCANN (12/1) aims to land a first career hat-trick on his toughest start to date and Charlie Appleby’s PRIVATE SIGNAL (12/1) hinted at some ability on his first two starts.

PAPA COCKTAIL (14/1) dispatched two previous winners with ease on his last start at Haydock for Tom Clover, while Mark Johnston’s AUSTRIAN THEORY (16/1) could have more in the locker after a promising debut at Doncaster.


  • Dhabab @ 5/2
  • Papa Cocktail E/W @ 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.