Muhaarar the favourite for Darley Cup at Newmarket

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Muhaarar heads a high quality field of 30 horses in the Darley July Cup at Newmarket Racecourse next weekend.

Following his recent triumph at Royal Ascot in the Commonwealth Cup, Muhaarar is the 3/1 favourite for the six furlong race a week on Saturday.

The 135th staging of the Group One race is set to be a thrilling contest, with Mustajeeb, Limato and Anthem Alexander expected to be Muhaarar’s main challengers for the £283,550 first prize.

Trainer Charlie Hills is excited by the three-year-old’s prospects of success in the Darley Cup on July 11.

“He’s improving all the time and is a very exciting horse,” he said. “You’ve got to hope that we are in Champion Sprinter territory with him now.

“The Darley July Cup is pretty much the biggest sprint of the year and it would mean an awful lot for the yard to win it for the first time.

“A stiff six furlongs is good for him so Newmarket’s uphill finish should suit and he’s pretty versatile ground-wise. It was almost heavy when he won on his racecourse debut.”

Meanwhile, Brazen Beau got a feel of Newmarket’s Adnams July Course with a public gallop early on Tuesday when he teamed up with his new jockey, James Doyle.

Now owned by Godolphin but still trained by Sydney-based Chris Waller, Brazen Beau was reported to look a picture of health just 10 days after he finished a close second in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Next Friday sees the return of the Falmouth Stakes, with a competitive field of 33 fillies and mares set to compete at Newmarket Racecourse.

The entry list for its 100th staging features no less than eight individual Group One winners, with French trainer Carlos Laffon-Parais hoping to take victory with Bawina.

“Bawina goes for the Falmouth Stakes and I expect conditions to suit her,” he said. “She has run well before on a straight mile.”