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NEWMARKET JULY FESTIVAL PREVIEW | The Group 2 Tattersalls July Stakes

11 runners are declared in the 6f contest at Newmarket on Thursday afternoon



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Several smart two-year-olds make the trip to Suffolk on Thursday, with 11 future prospects declared in the July Stakes at the Newmarket July Festival.

PROJECT DANTE (10/3) sits at the top of the betting after two promising performances over the minimum distance this season.

The colt showed plenty of spend on his debut, just doing enough to win by a head at York in May.

watch: project dante claims success at york for bryan smart [credit: racing tv]

The son of Showcasing followed that up with a respectable effort in the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot three weeks ago, finishing a quarter of a length behind the winner in third.

Bryan Smart’s colt should be able to show further improvement over this new trip here and he looks a tough one to beat.

ELDRICKJONES (4/1) will be aiming to be third time lucky on this occasion, after finishing second on his first two starts for Roger Fell.

The colt made a late challenge on his debut but just failed as he finished a nose behind the winner before outrunning his 66/1 price tag in the Coventry Stakes, claiming second behind Berkshire Shadow.

He could have potentially won the Royal Ascot contest if he wasn’t switched to avoid the flagging leaders, but he could give a more honest account here.

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EBRO RIVER (5/1) landed himself some black type at Sandown last month and Hugo Palmer’s colt will be aiming to continue his progress here.

Hugo Palmer
Hugo Palmer sends talented colt Ebro River to Newmarket

The son of Galileo Gold made life difficult for jockey James Doyle in the Listed National Stakes, but he made up for it as kept on well in the final stages to win by three and a quarter lengths.

He does have a length to find on Eldrickjones after finishing fifth in the Coventry Stakes, but he is a highly talented individual and could well return to winning ways here.

Stablemate DIG TWO (9/1) joins him after a promising performance in the Listed Windsor Castle Stakes, while Richard Hannon’s LUSAIL (11/1) is dropped back down in trip after defying a penalty over seven furlongs at Newmarket three weeks ago.

TOLSTOY (12/1) is given another chance in Group company after finishing down the places in the Coventry Stakes for John & Thady Gosden and Alan King’s ASYMMETRIC (14/1) is given his shot at this level after two victories in two starts.

Alan King
Alan King declares Asymmetric in the July Stakes at Newmarket

JADHLAAN (14/1) was mightily impressive on his last start at York for Mark Johnston, while Kevin Ryan’s ALEEZDANCER (20/1) will need to show further progress if he is to be competitive at this level.

Joseph Tuite’s THE ORGANISER (20/1) and Tom Dascombe’s SAM MAXIMUS (33/1) complete the line-up for the six furlongs at Newmarket.


  • Ebro River @ 5/1
  • Jadhlaan 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.