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Blue Point favourite for July Cup

  • Wed, 11 Jul 2018
  • AAP Turf

Blue Point, emphatic winner of the King's Stand Stakes, heads 19 horses confirmed at the latest declaration stage for the July Cup at Newmarket featuring Australian runner Redkirk Warrior.

The Godolphin-owned Blue Point is set to step back up to six furlongs (1200m) on Saturday after his convincing performance over five furlongs at Royal Ascot. Trainer Charlie Appleby believes the colt should be as effective at the longer distance.

"I'm delighted with the way he's come out of the race and looking forward to him stepping back up to six," Appleby told At The Races.

"He held the course record at Ascot as a three-year-old so I see no negatives about going up in trip again. Most importantly the horse has done well and we're very pleased with the way he's going into the race."

Godolphin may also run Dreamfield but last year's winner Harry Angel has been taken out as he has not recovered from the leg injury he sustained in the stalls in the Diamond Jubilee at Royal Ascot.

Trainer Clive Cox said the Haydock Sprint Cup in September was a more realistic target.

Melbourne jockey Regan Bayliss has given Redkirk Warrior a workout on the July course ahead of the triple Group One winner's bid to improve on his unplaced run in the Diamond Jubilee.

He is a 10-1 chance with Blue Point heading the market at 11-4 from the Aidan O'Brien-trained US Navy Flag at 9-2.