“The Moët & Chandon July Festival is one of British racing’s great summer meetings with a host of high-quality races,” says Michael Prosser, Head of Racing – East Region, Jockey Club Racecourses.
“Twenty-one races over three days of the Festival are worth a total prize-money fund of £1,635,000, a five per cent increase from last year.
“The quality of the racing as well as the garden-party atmosphere generated at Britain’s most beautiful racecourse makes the Moët & Chandon July Festival many people’s favourite meeting of the season.”
Thursday is Ladies’ Day, when the £100,000 Group 2 Princess Of Wales’s Boylesports.com Stakes is the feature race. There are also two other Group races that day.
For the first time, there will be an Arabian race at the Moët & Chandon July Festival. The £10,000 International Conditions Race, run over one mile and two furlongs, is sponsored by Shadwell.
First race: 1.40pm.
Gentlemen’s Day on Friday includes the Group 1 £200,000 QIPCO Falmouth Stakes, run over a mile and one of the season’s top races for three-year-old fillies and their elders.
“I always look forward to the QIPCO Falmouth Stakes, as it provides the first opportunity to see how the Classic generation of fillies compares with their elders. The prize-money has been boosted £20,000 this year to £200,000 which should ensure the race is as competitive as ever,” says Michael Prosser.
Friday also includes the second running of the £80,000 Group 2 QIPCO Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes, formerly known as the Cherry Hinton Stakes.
Newmarket Racecourses is teaming up with Cancer Research UK on Gentlemen’s Day to raise money for the charity’s vital work in understanding, preventing and treating men’s cancer.
Among the fundraising activities on the day are a ‘guess the balloons in a car’ contest, play your cards right, crack the safe and nail in a bale.
There will be a raffle in which prizes will include a trip for two people on the gallops with a trainer, lunch with a jockey, a bottle of Champagne and flowers and a Spa Experience, as well as two tickets for two people at meetings at Newmarket Racecourses.
Leaflets will be handed out on the day to raise awareness of men’s cancer.
First race: 1.40pm.
Saturday takes the excitement up one final notch with the running of the Festival’s glittering centrepiece, the £510,000 Group 1 Darley July Cup.
Europe’s premier sprint race is a six-furlong contest that many of the world’s fastest racehorses target, with victory often determining the identity of Europe’s sprinting champion.
“The Darley July Cup, a Group 1 worth £510,000, is historically Europe’s greatest sprint race and has been won by great horses such as Chief Singer, Green Desert, Anabaa, Oasis Dream and Dream Ahead,” says Michael Prosser.
“As part of the Global Sprint Challenge, the Darley July Cup always attracts strong international competition and this year is no different. Spain’s Noozhoh Canarias, an excellent sixth in an exceptionally strong renewal of the QIPCO 2000 Guineas in May, and North America’s top turf sprinter Undrafted, who is owned by NFL star Wes Welker, are both due to come over for an intriguing renewal of the race.
“They will face a strong challenge from many of Europe’s established leading sprinters, including Edward Lynam’s Royal Ascot winners Sole Power and Slade Power.”
Saturday also includes the £120,000 666Bet Bunbury Heritage Handicap.
“The Moët & Chandon July Festival traditionally showcases emerging stars with no less than three Group 2 races for two-year-olds. The handicaps as well are always intriguing, none more so than the ruthlessly competitive and prestigious 666Bet Bunbury Cup.”
First race: 2.05pm.
TICKETS AND ADMISSION
Advance purchasers of tickets in the Premier and Grandstand & Paddock Enclosures will benefit from a discount on the on-the-day prices.
Advance adult prices are £36 (Premier Enclosure) and £20.70 (Grandstand & Paddock Enclosure). On-the-day prices are £40 (Premier), £23 (Grandstand & Paddock) and £10 (Garden Enclosure – no advance discount available). Accompanied under 17s are admitted free of charge.
To book tickets, visit www.newmarketracecourses.co.uk or call 0844 579 3010.
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