The July Cup at Newmarket held on the final day of Newmarket’s three-day July Festival meeting 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. According to 888sport Newmarket horse race odds, Limato (9-2) was the favorite going into the race, beating out Suedois (25-1) who finished second by two lengths, and the 7-1 Quiet Reflection finished third.
Limato is a four-year-old gelding, ridden by Harry Bentley and trained by Henry Candy who said, “He’s exciting, isn’t he? Absolutely amazing to watch…. Absolutely wonderful. In a year when things haven’t gone great, it’s doubly wonderful but to see a horse perform like that is just very exciting.” Candy had a 42 year winless streak in the Group 1 competition at the July Cup. Limato was the odds on favorite having won 7 of his previous 11 races and finishing second three times and a fourth place finish. 888Sport listed Limato’s Newmarket horse race odds at 9-2 and Limato made good with a thrilling finish.
BBC Racing correspondent Cornelius Lysaght was quoted as saying, “The 2016 July Cup was billed as an outstanding staging of the historic Group One sprint with no horse absent that you would have wanted to see, so for Limato to drop down from a mile to win by two lengths in a very fast time – one minute, 9.97 seconds – and despite drifting off a straight line late on, is outstanding.”
The Newmarket July Cup is part of the The Global Sprint Challenge as a series of six sprint races run across three racing jurisdictions in Australia, England and Japan. 888sport will have the most recent and up to date information on the remaining races and the horses’ odds in each race.