Newmarket Racecourses gear up for Moet & Chandon July Festival

PUBLISHED: 07:00 12 July 2017

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The Tin Man set to bid for Darley July Cup glory

The Tin Man is set to take his chance in the feature race of the Moet & Chandon July Festival, which is being held at Newmarket Racecourses’ July Course from Thursday (July 13).

James Fanshawe’s stable star was the impressive winner of last year’s QIPCO British Champions Sprint Stakes, and followed it up last month by winning the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot.

And he is now one of 15 confirmed entries for the Group One Darley July Cup over six furlongs on Saturday (July 15), where he could be up against unbeaten three-year-old Caravaggio, last year’s winner Limato, Tasleet and Harry Angel.

“It’s by accident that he’s never run at Newmarket before; it’s just the way that things have turned out, but he handles the Limekilns gallop here in Newmarket and [like the Adnams July Course] that has a dip in it,” said Newmarket-based trainer Fanshawe.

“The Darley July Cup is a great race and it’s great to have the QIPCO British Champions Series, which it’s part of.

“It will be interesting to see the three-year-olds taking on the older horses for the first time – I really enjoyed watching that happen in the Eclipse last Saturday and hope that we will have the same result [with an older horse winning] in the July Cup.

“The Moët and Chandon July Festival is a very important week, especially for Newmarket trainers as it’s on home ground, lots of our clients are here and quite a bit of business gets done during the week.”

East Anglian Children’s Hospices (EACH) has again been confirmed as the official charity for the Moët & Chandon July Festival 2017 for the third consecutive year.

Sheikh Fahad Al Thani will be out to defend his crown in the Newmarket Town Plate on Thursday.

The race, instigated in 1665, will mark the beginning of the three-day festival, and is for true amateurs.

Sheikh Fahad won the race last year, but among his opposition will be former Great Britain international showjumper Tim Gredley.

“I am riding Almagest again,” said Sheikh Fahad.

“He has been trained for the race and obviously he gave me a great ride last year but he needs every inch of three-and-three-quarter miles, if not further. We will give it our best shot.”

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