Smart Stat: 25% - Charlie Appleby's strike rate at NEWMARKET (JULY) since the start of the 2016 season
Declaring Love made plenty of appeal on paper and duly shaped well when finishing third to a couple of smart types on debut on the Rowley Mile last year. On pedigree, she will be well suited by this step up in trip and, though she presumably hasn’t been the easiest to train, she is in excellent hands and represents a yard that do well at this course.
Smart Stat: 2 - Charlie Appleby's number of winners in past 10 runnings
Master of The Seas is bred to be useful and made a good impression when making a winning debut on the Rowley Mile last month, opening his account in comfortable fashion from a subsequent winner. He was always doing enough on that occasion, leaving the impression that he will come forward for that initial experience, and Charlie Appleby’s record in this race adds further intrigue.
Smart Stat: 2 - Clive Cox's number of winners in past 10 runnings
Three-year-olds have a good record in the July Cup and Golden Horde can give Clive Cox a third win in the race. His sire Lethal Force won this race in 2013, and Golden Horde proved himself a top-level performer when winning the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot last month. A prominent racer, this track and race should really suit his run style, and he looks a worthy favourite.