Templegate’s pinstickers’ guide to the runners and riders for the Darley July Cup


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Templegate runs you through the contenders for the July Cup at Newmarket and gives you his verdict on the sprint spectacular

CARAVAGGIO, named after an Italian painter, should brush his Darley July Cup rivals aside.

He is all class and I’ve a feeling he is going to be one of the best sprinters we’ve seen.

He charged home to beat Harry Angel in the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot last month to make it a perfect six wins from six starts.

It’s a strong field with Diamond Jubilee hero The Tin Man, last year’s winner Limato and smart Tasleet in the field.

But Caravaggio should see them all off and take a seventh step to stardom.


Brando 2/5

BRAN flakes. Consistent last season. Landed a Sandown Group 3 in the summer and ended the campaign with a fine third behind The Tin Man in the Group 1 at Ascot on Champions’ Day.

Kicked off this term with a smooth Newmarket success and he bled when flopping at York last time out. Still needs to prove he’s a genuinely top-class sprinter.

Growl 2/5

HIS bark is much worse than his bite. Sent off 5-1 when runner-up to The Tin Man at Ascot on Champions’ Day last season.

His subsequent efforts have increasingly made that to look like a fluke. Unshipped his jockey when rearing at the start last time. Has stacks to prove.

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Brando still needs to prove himself at this level

Intisaab 1/5

YOU won’t make a mint backing Int. Ended last season with a handicap victory and kicked off this year in similar fashion.

Touched off in a Group 3 on Newcastle’s all-weather two weeks ago but that leaves him with stacks to find in one of the hottest Group 1 sprints.

Limato 3/5

GO out on a Lim. Hugely impressive when bolting up in this race 12 months ago. Went on to bag his second Group 1 over seven furlongs in France.

Torrential rain put the kybosh on a Dubai raid and his third behind The Tin Man in Royal Ascot’s Diamond Jubilee was a return to form.

Could do with the ground drying out and needs the return to Newmarket to edge him back past The Tin Man.



Limato will tough to beat if back to his best

Mr Lupton 1/5

NO Cup for Lup. Landed a hot Newmarket handicap in May. He come up short in Listed races on his last two starts and he looked to be outclassed when tried at the top level last season.

Nothing in his form suggests he’s up to Group 1 class and he’ll have to be that just to finish in the top half today.

Tasleet 4/5

SLEET is snow joke. Smart juvenile in 2015 and only seen twice last season. Has come back better than ever this year and he beat smart Magical Memory in a York Group 2 in May.

His neck second to The Tin Man at Royal Ascot was even better especially as he was bumped in the closing stages. Must be considered.

The Tin Man


Diamond Jubilee Stakes winner The Tin Man has strong claims

The Tin Man 4/5

YOU’VE got to be Tin it to win it. Hard to fault a horse with a record of seven wins from just 13 races.

Bagged his second Group 1 with victory in Royal Ascot’s Diamond Jubilee Stakes when getting the better of Tasleet and Limato.

Has a particular liking for Ascot but no reason why he won’t bring his A-game today and that would give him a solid chance.

Caravaggio 5/5

VINTAGE Car. It’s a little early to be calling him one of the great sprinters but he certainly has the class to be a legendary speedster.

Came with a terrific late run to beat Harry Angel in the Commonwealth Cup last month. That looked a red-hot race.

He takes on older horses for the first time today but I’m sure he’s up to the job. His superstar status should be confirmed today.




Caravaggio (left) pulls out more to win the Commonwealth from Harry Angel

Harry Angel 4/5

COULD be some Angel delight. Developing into a top-class sprinter. He was giving weight away when runner-up to Blue Point on his return to action in May.

Bolted up in course-record time at Haydock and gave Caravaggio a race in the Diamond Jubilee. If Aidan O’Brien’s speedster is not near the top of his game Harry might well be the one to be on.

Intelligence Cross 1/5

NOT a clever bet. Won a Curragh Group 3 last year and was fourth in the Group 1 Middle Park Stakes.

Soundly beaten on his first two starts and used as a pacemaker for Caravaggio in the Commonwealth Cup. Taking Harry Angel on in the early stages looks his main role again today.

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