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Newmarket July Festival 2021

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Newmarket July Festival 2021

Thursday July 8th - Saturday July 10th

The Newmarket July Festival is a three-day bonanza of high-class flat horse racing, fashion, entertainment, and fantastic food and drink. Day one will have exhilarating racing and fantastic fashion on show in equal measure, and the pick of the action on Newmarket Ladies Day is the Group Two Princess of Wales's Tattersalls Stakes.

On Friday, Gentleman’s Day, another action-packed day of Newmarket horse racing awaits punters. While taking in an afternoon dressed in their best, racegoers will have the Group One Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes to enjoy. This cracking mile-long race offers top three-year-old fillies the chance to test themselves against older rivals and is regularly one to savour.

But the pinnacle of the Newmarket Festival is the Darley July Cup. Run over six furlongs on Saturday, it is one of the most prestigious sprint races in the world, with trainers and horses travelling from as far away as Australia in their bid for greatness. The most recent winner of the race on the Newmarket July course was Oxted, who followed up that success with an amazing win at Royal Ascot in the King’s Stand Stakes.

We’ve got everything you need to know about the big meeting covered below.

Martin Booth
By Martin Booth  
Updated: 2 July 2021 1:00 pm

NEWMARKET JULY FESTIVAL TRACK MAP

NUMBER OF RACES: 21

PRIZE MONEY: £1.77 Million

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NEWMARKET JULY FESTIVAL TIPS: FAVOURITE, OUTSIDER AND LOVEABLE LONGSHOT

The Newmarket horse racing action comes thick and fast at the July Festival, with a fantastic array of elite flat racing to enjoy over the three days. From prestigious Group races, to challenging big-field handicaps, this meeting has it all over the summer course at the headquarters of UK racing.

THE FAVOURITE

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SNOW LANTERN – FALMOUTH STAKES, FRIDAY 9th JULY, 3.35PM

SNOW LANTERN looked very special indeed when she won her first race this year at Newbury in promising style. The three-year-old grey blotted her copybook next time out, but bounced back by finishing second to Alcohol Free in the mud at Royal Ascot. She faces her rival again in the Group 1 Falmouth Stakes, but Snow Lantern’s trainer Richard Hannon believes his filly will be suited by the much firmer ground that she’ll find at the Newmarket July course. There’s also the whiff of restitution in the air, as Snow Lantern’s outstanding dam Sky Lantern (below) was controversially beaten in the 2013 running of the Falmouth. Her daughter is a confident tip to set the record straight.

THE OUTSIDER

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TOLSTOY – JULY STAKES, THURSDAY 8th JULY, 2.25PM

Several of the field in the Group 2 July Stakes on the first day of the meeting last met in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot. One of them is TOLSTOY, who finished 10th that day but was only a fraction over five lengths behind the winner. Despite starting slowly, he ran very well for a long way in a wide-open contest and may not have been favoured by being drawn on the far side. Tolstoy has the assistance of Frankie Dettori from the saddle again and it will not take a great deal of improvement from that Ascot run for him to go very close, which makes him one of the best outsider Newmarket racing tips of the meeting.

THE LOVEABLE LONGSHOT

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SUPREMACY – JULY CUP, SATURDAY 10th JULY, 4.25PM

It’s amazing how one run can ruin a horse’s reputation. SUPREMACY ended 2020 as the highest rated juvenile in Britain after a hugely impressive victory in the Middle Park Stakes. Plans for 2021 were put on hold, however, when he ran a stinker on his reappearance at Ascot in April. His trainer Clive Cox never lost faith however, maintaining that he still has a very good horse on his hands, and it's significant that he has entered him in the Group 1 July Cup when there would undoubtedly be easier reintroductions to the racecourse. This is always a competitive battle but if Supremacy retains the ability he showed last year and can put that Ascot run behind him, he can take a hand in the finish at very decent odds.

NEWMARKET JULY FESTIVAL DAYS AND RACES

Thur 8th July
Fri 9th July
Sat 10th July
1.20pm The EBF Maiden Fillies' Stakes
6F
1.50pm The Bahrain Trophy
13F
2.25pm The Tattersalls July Stakes
6F
3.00pm The bet365 Handicap Stakes (Heritage Handicap)
6F
3.35pm The Princess of Wales's Tattersalls Stakes
12F
4.10pm The Sir Henry Cecil Stakes
8F
4.45pm The John Deere Handicap Stakes
8F
1:15pm The British EBF Maiden Stakes
7F
1:50pm The bet365 Handicap Stakes
10F
2:25pm The Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes (Sponsored by bet365)
6F
3:00pm The bet365 Trophy
14F
3:35pm The Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes
8F
4:10pm The Handicap Stakes
7F
4:45pm The Handicap Stakes
5F
1:30pm The Rossdales British EBF Maiden Fillies' Stakes
7F
2:05pm The Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa Fillies' Handicap Stakes
7F
2:40pm The bet365 Mile Handicap
8F
3:15pm The bet365 Superlative Stakes
7F
3:50pm The bet365 Bunbury Cup (Heritage Handicap)
7F
4:25pm The Darley July Cup
6F
5:00pm The CS Tubes Handicap Stakes
12F

NEWMARKET JULY FESTIVAL DO’S AND DON’TS

When it comes to betting on the horse racing at the Newmarket July Festival, there are some simple do’s and don'ts that will help you enjoy the experience.

  • Do

    DO your homework. Spend some time researching the form book and checking out Newmarket Races runners’ previous races, as well as the form of trainers and jockeys at the Newmarket July Festival.

  • Do

    DO place extra value on horses’ previous form at Newmarket and, in particular, at previous festivals. This is a unique course and occasion – not every horse performs at its best here.

  • Do

    DO take note of the trends applying to winners of particular races on the Newmarket July course.

  • Do

    DO vary your stakes. You don’t have to bet the same amount on each race. It’s also wise to bet each-way on horses at double-figure odds in big-field handicaps.

  • Do

    DO take advantage of free bet offers and bonuses. The first day of Newmarket is a terrific day to open new accounts, while existing customers can also find plenty of offers.

  • Do

    DO look for, and take advantage of, special money-back offers on losers in certain races. You’re getting a risk-free bet.

  • Don’t

    DON’T listen to too many people. There is a huge number of opinions out there – take too much onboard and you’ll end up confused.

  • Don’t

    DON’T bet on every race. If you can’t pick a selection, you haven’t had any Newmarket Races tips, or you believe the favourite will win but the price is too short, it’s OK to sit this one out.

  • Don’t

    DON’T chase your losses. If you’ve had a few losers, it’s tempting to put more money on your next selection. Stick with your original staking plan.

  • Don’t

    DON’T make it all about the betting. Of course, enjoying a bet is a huge part of the Newmarket experience, but the festival is, first and foremost, a spectacle of incredible racing. Enjoy the action, savour it – then start looking forward to next year.

RESPONSIBLE GAMBLING AT THE NEWMARKET JULY FESTIVAL

The Newmarket July Festival is so exciting and the atmosphere around it so intoxicating, that can be tempting to get carried away and bet more than you can afford. It’s essential to remember that betting should be a fun, stress free experience. The best way to approach the festival is to work out what you can happily spend across the three days - that way, any return you get is a pleasant bonus.

Never, ever bet beyond your means. It’s important that you gamble responsibly, for the sake of your own health and that of those close to you. If you are ever worried about your gambling habits, contact organisations such as GamCare that can help you.

Newmarket July Festival FAQs

Can you take alcohol into Newmarket Races?

Yes, but only certain types. Alcohol can only be brought in with a substantial picnic. It is limited to one bottle of wine or champagne, or four cans of beer, cider, or pre-mixed aperitif per person. Spirits, fortified wines and Pimm's are not allowed onto the racecourse.

Who owns Newmarket Racecourse?

Newmarket Racecourse is owned by the Jockey Club. It is the largest commercial horse racing organisation in the UK and owns 15 of Britain's most famous racecourses.

How to get to Newmarket Races

Getting to Newmarket Racecourse is easy. Outrider Coach Services are available from Cambridge Train Station on all race days. There are also offer services from Royston, Bury St Edmunds and Ely (via Soham) during all Newmarket Nights and Festivals. Pre-bookings for Outrider Services is highly recommended. There is also a Newmarket Races shuttle bus, but it’s not currently running due to Covid.

Where is Newmarket Racecourse?

Newmarket Racecourse is in Newmarket, Suffolk. The address of the track is Foremans Office, Rowley Mile Racecourse, Cambridge Road, Newmarket, CB8 0TF.

What to wear to the Newmarket Races?

This depends on what part of Newmarket Racecourse you are in. There is a very strict dress code in the Premier, Hospitality and Champions Lawn facilities. No sportswear, trainers, t-shirts, fancy dress, cargo shorts, ripped or torn denim, or ‘extreme’ attire is permitted. Smart tailored shorts are acceptable, as is dark denim. In the Grandstand & Paddock and Garden Enclosure, the dress code is more relaxed; jeans, t-shirts and trainers are acceptable.

When is the Newmarket July Festival?

The Newmarket July Festival kicks off on Thursday July 8th and finishes on Saturday July 10th. It is one of the most popular events on the flat racing calendar.