07/07/2016 2:37PM

July Cup to clear up British sprint division


The three winners of Group 1 sprints at Royal Ascot last month – Profitable, Quiet Reflection, and Twilight Son – meet for the first time in Saturday’s $645,450 July Cup at Newmarket Racecourse, a race expected to clarify leadership among British sprinters.

The Group 1 July Cup is run on a straightaway six-furlong course and drew a field of 18, including Mongolian Saturday, the surprise winner of the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint at Keeneland last October. Mongolian Saturday is an outsider in the July Cup, having finished ninth behind Profitable in the Group 1 King’s Stand Stakes at five furlongs at Royal Ascot on June 14.

As of Thursday, the July Cup lacked a clear favorite. Twilight Son, winner of the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes at six furlongs at Royal Ascot on June 18, was an 11-2 chance in future-book betting along with Limato, who was fourth in the Group 1 Lockinge Stakes at Newbury Racecourse in May, and Magical Memory, who was fourth in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes. Magical Memory won the Group 2 Duke of York Stakes at York Racecourse on May 11.

Henry Candy trains Twilight Son and Limato.

The July Cup will be the first start against older horses for the 3-year-old filly Quiet Reflection, who won the Group 1 Commonwealth Cup against males at six furlongs at Royal Ascot on June 17. Trained by Karl Burke, Quiet Reflection has won 6 of 7 starts.

Profitable is considered an outsider in the July Cup. A 4-year-old colt, Profitable won the first Group 1 race of his career in the King’s Stand and has won his last three starts, all at five furlongs.