Undrafted, 2015 Diamond Jubilee winner, is out of the July Cup
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THE JULY CUP picture was altered on Tuesday with Undrafted, the 2015 Diamond Jubilee Stakes winner, ruled out of the race as Godolphin confirmed their intention to supplement Home Of The Brave.
The Wesley Ward-trained Undrafted was beaten just under three lengths by Twilight Son as he bid to retain his crown at Ascot last week and was as short as 10-1 to make amends at Newmarket on July 9. Undrafted finished fourth under Frankie Dettori behind Slade Power in the 2014 running.
In a hotly anticipated renewal, the Group 1 is expected to feature several of the principals from the Diamond Jubilee Stakes. Twilight Son trained by Henry Candy, who battled to victory in Saturday’s feature race at Ascot, is the current joint market favourite at 5-1, along with fourth place finisher, Magical Memory.
Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint winner Mongolian Saturday is the only US-based Royal Ascot runner who has stayed in Britain for the July Cup, which could also feature Limato and Commonwealth Cup winner Quiet Reflection.
Palmer excited by drop in trip
Home Of The Brave’s inclusion adds extra spice to the race, with the son of Starspangledbanner, a winner of the Group 3 Jury Stakes over 7f most recently, set for his first start over the sprinting trip since his three-year-old campaign.
His trainer, Hugo Palmer, told Godolphin’s website: “I’m very excited about the prospect of trying Home Of The Brave over six furlongs for the first time since his excellent run in last year’s G1 Commonwealth Cup.
“He is a bigger, stronger horse now, which I hope, allied to the remarkable speed he’s always had, will make him a force to be reckoned with over the distance.”
William Hill introduced the four-year-old to their market as a 10-1 chance.
Twilight Son well supported
The firm’s Jon Ivan-Duke on Tuesday reported the Henry Candy-trained Twilight Son has been the best-backed horse for the Newmarket feature in the wake of his Royal Ascot success.
Diamond Jubilee Stakes fourth Magical Memory has also proven popular, with some punters banking on better ground triggering a reversal of the form at 6-1.
Conversely, Commonwealth Cup heroine Quiet Reflection remains easy to back at odds of 10-1.
“Twilight Son is the one to beat in the July Cup after winning at Royal Ascot and he’s been popular,” said Ivan-Duke. “We’ve had to take the trimmers out and we’ve shaved his price a bit since then.
“Magical Memory probably didn’t get his ground at Ascot and there’s a camp of punters who think he could reverse the form but Quiet Reflection has been a bit, well, quiet in the betting.”
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