What’s on at Newmarket’s July Festival 2017: The July Festival 2017 takes place at Newmarket’s July Course from Thursday 13th–Saturday 15th July.

LADIES’ DAY

Thursday is Ladies’ Day, when the £100,000 Group 2 Princess Of Wales’s Arqana Racing Club Stakes is the feature race. There are also two other Group races that day.

Ladies Day at Newmarket features the hotly contested Best Dressed Lady Competition! The Style Awards Best Dressed Lady competition is sponsored by The Spa at Bedford Lodge Hotel and offers ladies a chance to win a wonderful array of prizes just by donning their most stylish outfit! Its great fun, free to enter and a must for all female racegoers.

The racing kicks off with Britain’s oldest horse race, The Newmarket Town Plate. This historic, amateur horse race, which has been run at Newmarket’s Round Course since 1666 was instigated by King Charles II, who also won the first running, and stated that it should be run ‘forever’. The other racing highlight will be the Group 2 Princess of Wales’s Stakes, which has been won for the last two years by the prolific Big Orange.

Après Racing with Gok Wan

Elsewhere across the course there will be live music and other entertainment throughout the day and half an hour after the last race, the official Après Racing after party will begin and provide the perfect end to a fantastic day. All racegoers are welcomed for FREE to dance the night away with friends and family and maybe sample a few of the delicious cocktails on offer!

Races
12.50 The Newmarket Town Plate (Sponsored By Goldings & Powters) 3M 6F

1.50 The Bahrain Trophy 13F

2.25 The Arqana July Stakes 6F

2.55 The Princess Of Wales’s Arqana Racing Club Stakes 12F

3.30 The bet365 Handicap Stakes (Heritage Handicap) 6F

4.05 The British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Fillies’ Stakes (Plus 10) 6F

4.35 The John Deere Handicap Stakes 5F

5.05 The Robinsons Mercedes-Benz Sir Henry Cecil Stakes

GENTLEMEN’S DAY

Gentlemen’s Day on Friday includes the Group 1 £217,500 QIPCO Falmouth Stakes, run over a mile and one of the season’s top races for three-year-old fillies and their elders. Friday also includes the £80,000 Group 2 QIPCO Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes, formerly known as the Cherry Hinton Stakes. The Duchess of Cambridge Stakes is a 6 furlong race for two-year-olds fillies and has produced several QIPCO 1,000 Guineas winners the following season so it’s definitely worth keeping a close eye on this field.

Gentleman’s Day is an opportunity for the guys to take centre stage. Fashionable fellas are invited to take part in The Style Awards sponsored by The Spa at Bedford Lodge Hotel for their chance to be crowned the Best Dressed Gentleman. The contest is free to enter and there will be an assortment of excellent prizes on offer for the top three finalists.

An exciting new addition to Gentleman’s Day will be a different kind of horse power in the form of a classic car display. A selection of high quality classic British marques will be on display in the extended Grandstand and Paddock Enclosure (normally Family Enclosure) right next to the track. There will also be live music and gentlemanly activities to keep you entertained!

Après Racing with Girls Aloud’s Sarah Harding

Half an hour after the last, the official Après Racing after party will begin and provide the perfect end to a fantastic day. All racegoers are welcomed for FREE to dance the night away with friends and family and maybe sample a few of the delicious cocktails on offer!

Races

1.05 The bet365 Silver Bunbury Cup Handicap 7F

2.25 The Duchess of Cambridge Stakes (Sponsored by bet365) 6F

3.00 The Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes 8F

3.35 The bet365 Handicap Stakes 10F

4.10 The Price Bailey Nursery Handicap Stakes 7F ,

4.45 The Weatherbys EBF Stallions Maiden Stakes (C&G) (Plus 10) 7F

5.20 The Handicap Stakes 8F

DARLEY JULY CUP DAY

Saturday takes the excitement up one final notch with the running of the Festival’s glittering centrepiece, the Group 1 Darley July Cup. Europe’s premier sprint race is one of the most valuable and prestigious sprint races in the world: a six-furlong contest that many of the world’s fastest racehorses target, with victory often determining the identity of Europe’s sprinting champion. Saturday also includes the £120,000 bet365 Bunbury Cup Heritage Handicap.

There fashion focus continues with the climax of The Style Awards sponsored by The Spa at Bedford Lodge Hotel, the Best Dressed Couple competition. Coordinated and stylish partners could be in with a chance of winning thousands of pounds worth of prizes. The competition is FREE to enter and last year’s winners won a fabulous holiday so it’s well worth a shot!

Saturday is also a great day for families. Kids under the age of 18 are welcome FREE in all enclosures and as well as live music throughout the course there will be additional FREE entertainment in the Family Enclosure, including Rowley’s Kids Club, inflatables, face painting and craft activities to keep everyone entertained during the course of the day.

Après Racing with Guilty Pleasures

Half an hour after the last race, the official Après Racing after party will begin and provide the perfect end to a fantastic Festival. All racegoers are welcomed for FREE to dance the night away with friends and family and maybe sample a few of the delicious cocktails on offer!

1.45 The Rossdales EBF Stallions Maiden Fillies’ Stakes (Plus 10) 7F

2.15 The Spa at Bedford Lodge EBF Stallions Maiden Fillies’ Stakes 7F

2.50 The bet365 Mile Handicap Stakes 8F

3.25 The bet365 Bunbury Cup (Heritage Handicap) 7F

4.00 The bet365 Superlative Stakes 6F

4.35 The Darley July Cup 7F

5.05 The John Banks Handicap Stakes 12F

 

Karen Sargeant

Karen Sargeant

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