Newmarket is the racecourse that stages the July Cup each and every year, and it is another of the major Group One races that are held in the UK, and one that lots of punters will have placed bets on long before the race actually starts.
With there being such a lot of interest in that race each year, most betting sites, and certainly all of those that you will see showcased and listed throughout this website are going to be offer ante post odds on that race.
It was however a race that started way back in 1876 and one interesting fact about that race was that it was a horse owned by no other person than Queen Victoria that won the first two July Cup races ever held.
The race was actually initially classed a not a Group One race but a Group Two race, but that all changed in 1978, and as such from that year forward it has always had Group One status, and below are some other interesting aspects about that race you may just be interested in knowing.
Past Winners of the July Cup
As this race has been around for so very long, I will just give you an insight into the five most recent winners, the first of which was in 2014 and the horse that won that day was Slade Power ridden by Wayne Lordan.
Then in 2015 it was Muhaarar that won and it was ridden by Paul Hanagan and trained by Charlie Hills and the horse was owned by Hamdan Al Maktoum.
The 2016 winner of this race was Limato and it was Harry Bentley that steered the horse to victory that day the trainer and owner of that horse were Henry Candy and Paul G. Jacobs.
As for the horse that won the July Cup in 2017 that was Harry Angel who put in an excellent performance that day and it was ridden by Adam Kirby. In 2018 it was U S Navy Flag that romped home in the July Cup and the jockey of that horse that day was Ryan Moore and it was the top trainer Aidan O’Brien who was tasked with getting the horse fit and ready for that race, which he did so well.
July Cup Facts and Figures
The horse taking part in the July Cup must be three years old or older and the distance of the race is just 6 furlongs. The name of the race does of course also give you an indication of the month of the year the race is run which is in July.
A horse by the name of Sundridge win this race three times and is the horse with the record for winning it the most and the year in which it won it were 1902, 1903 and then again the following year in 1904.
It was Lester Piggott that won the race as a jockey the most time and in total he won it ten times, and the trainers that have won the race the most was Charles Morton and Vincent O’Brien who sent five winners each to the racecourse.