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July Cup

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Inaugurated  1876
Sponsor  Darley
Distance  6f (1,207 metres)
Race type  Flat / Thoroughbred
Website  Newmarket
July Cup

Location  July Course Newmarket, England

The July Cup is a Group 1 flat horse race in Great Britain open to horses aged three years or older. It is run on the July Course at Newmarket over a distance of 6 furlongs (1,207 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in July.


It is one of Britain's most valuable and prestigious sprint races, and many of its winners have been acknowledged as the champion sprinter in Europe.


The event was established in 1876, and the first two runnings were won by Springfield, a colt bred by Queen Victoria at the Hampton Court Stud.

The present system of race grading was introduced in 1971, and the July Cup was initially classed at Group 2 level. It was promoted to Group 1 status in 1978.

The July Cup became part of the Global Sprint Challenge in 2008. It is now the sixth leg of the series, preceded by the Diamond Jubilee Stakes and followed by the Sprinters Stakes.

The race is currently held on the final day of Newmarket's three-day July Festival meeting.


Most successful horse (3 wins):

  • Sundridge – 1902, 1903, 1904
  • Leading jockey (10 wins):

  • Lester Piggott – Vigo (1957), Right Boy (1958, 1959), Tin Whistle (1960), Thatch (1973), Saritamer (1974), Solinus (1978), Thatching (1979), Moorestyle (1980), Mr Brooks (1992)
  • Leading trainer (5 wins):

  • Charles Morton – Sundridge (1903, 1904), Spanish Prince (1912, 1913), Golden Sun (1914)
  • Vincent O'Brien – Thatch (1973), Saritamer (1974), Solinus (1978), Thatching (1979), Royal Academy (1990)
  • Leading owner (5 wins):

  • Jack Joel – Sundridge (1903, 1904), Spanish Prince (1912, 1913), Golden Sun (1914)
  • Winners since 1939

    a Marinsky finished first in 1977, but he was relegated to second place following a stewards' inquiry.

    Earlier winners

    * The 1926 race was a dead-heat and has joint winners.


    July Cup Wikipedia