Newmarket stages their three day July Meeting next week commencing on Wednesday 11th July with the Falmouth Stakes, a Group 3 for 3yo+ fillies over 1 mile, as the feature race.
The feature race on Thursday will be the Princess of Wales Stakes, a Group 2 for 3yo+ over 12 furlongs. On Friday the 13th the feature race will be the July Cup, a Group 1 for 3yo+ over 6 furlongs.
At the time of writing this blog the actual runners and riders for most of the races are a bit sketchy because of the prevailing bad weather which will influence ground conditions.
I am looking forward to going and seeing what improvements have been made to the area behind the main stand. This is my favourite course for watching Flat racing. The July Meeting has a charm all of its own. For me it is an enjoyable drive from my Essex home up through the villages of north Essex , into Cambridgeshire briefly, and then into Suffolk, thereby missing the charge and holdups on the M11 Motorway.
I was first taken to Newmarket in 1959. Strange how you can still remember winners but not losers! I do remember backing Better Off that day. She was booted up the hill by Willie Snaith.
In 1960 I was fortunate to see Sweet Solera win. She was very impressive and the next season went on to win the 1000 Guineas and the Oaks.
I have attended most July Meetings over the years and rain or shine I will be there next week. I have taken 16/1 about Amadeus Wolf for the July Cup. If he wins it will help with expenses for the three days.