Bets of the Day: Aiden O'Brien can hoist the Flag in the July Cup

Aidan O’Brien
Aidan O’Brien's colt could be difficult to peg back if he gets his own way
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Alan got his week off to the perfect start with a [3.75] winner at York yesterday. He is looking to add to that with two Each Way selections from a tricky card at Newmarket...

"he could be difficult to beat if he gets his own way out front"

Back US Navy Flag Each Way @ 13/2 in the 14:15 Newmarket


The Navy Flag can wave proudly in a tough line up

The July Cup is one of the best sprints of the year, this Group 1 often produces a very talented winner and I don't think this year will be any different as a field of 14 line up to win the prize. The winner of two years ago Limato lines up again, he landed this contest in 2016 and was beaten just a length and a quarter into second by Harry Angel in last year's renewal. However, he has been badly out of form in two starts this season both of which came over a mile, the return to sprinting could suit, but I don't think he will reclaim his crown today. Blue Point is back at six furlongs after winning the King's Stand at Royal Ascot last month and his Commonwealth Cup form is tested with Eqtidaar and Sands Of Mali, who finished 1-2 in that race, back to do battle once again. The former is supported to confirm that form today, but they could be all up against it and find it difficult to pass the front running Ballydoyle colt, US Navy Flag.

Aidan O'Brien last won this race in 2010 with Starspangledbanner, and this son of War Front is a fascinating contender if returning to the level of his smart juvenile form and his Irish 2,000 Guineas second makes him the one to beat here. Ryan Moore is on board and says in his betfair column that he is fairly confident that "that this different test will suit him" he is an each way price in a difficult race but he could be difficult to beat if he gets his own way out front and its hard to see three going past him.

Trust in the unexposed First Contact

Argentello and Ibraz both arrive here looking for hat tricks but with nine runners lining up for the mile handicap at 15:20, it sets up perfectly for a little each-way value. I like the Charlie Appleby runner First Contact, this son of Dark Angel didn't get any luck on his handicap debut in the Britannia Stakes last month. However in the wide open spaces of Newmarket he should find this race run much more to his liking today, the three-year-old gelding arrives here still looking unexposed and could have plenty more to offer. He is currently around 13/2 on the Sportsbook and that looks a fair price to me in a race that should see him home in the first three.

I am finding it hard to get these two out of the frame and I will be having a little half point each-way double on the two selections above as well as backing them individually.

2018 Overall (prior to this week): +34.44 pts

This week so far...

Staked: 2 pts
Returned: 3.75 pts

2017 P&L +53.30pts
2016 P&L +15.23pts

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