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Angus McNae - Saturday 13th July 2013

Feel the Force and go with Hamza

The Darley July Cup is the feature event today and it looks to be a race that is likely to throw up an above average winner. Last year's race was a slog in the mud and as a consequence was not a race that tested raw speed. This year on fast ground that quality will be tested to the max.

Here is my pocket guide to the Group One event.

Shea Shea - A top class international sprinter with a high cruising speed and a change of gear, but a stiff six furlongs will stretch his stamina.

Lethal Force -  A revelation since returning to sprinting. Impressive Diamond Jubilee Stakes win at Royal Ascot last month makes him a leading contender here.

Society Rock - Hold-up performer who was put in his place by Lethal Force at Ascot. Consistent in top-class sprints but arguably best performances have come at Ascot.

Sole Power - Good sprinter, but he is all about speed and there is no evidence that six furlongs will suit him.

Soul - An eight-month lay-off before returning to be thrashed by Lethal Force at Ascot. Something to prove now.

Sovereign Debt - Strong traveller who has been campaigned at a mile of late and his second in the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury was a good effort. Off a good pace he could be finishing strongly and he has won at six furlongs before.

Hamza - Front-runner who has won his last two runs in good style. His win on the Rowley Mile in May was a particularly good time which means he can be competitive here. Making all a tough ask though. I see the Racing UK Predictor goes for him.

Shamexpress - Ninth to Sole Power in the Kings Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot. A useful Aussie sprinter back home but he is yet to prove he can cut it on the international scene.

Gale Force Ten - Jersey Stakes winner coming back a furlong in trip. Dangerous to rule out given his third in the Middle Park in the fast time last year behind Reckless Abandon. Trip not a problem, class of the race may be.

Zanetto - Listed Newbury winner two starts ago but found out in the Diamond Jubilee. Outclassed here.

Krypton Factor - 2012 Golden Shaheen winner in sensational fashion. Has not quite repeated that since, but is capable of a big effort. Not one to be laying win or place.

Slade Power - Seventh in the Diamond Jubilee. Listed level is more his bag.

Havelock - Interesting American runner who has won a Grade Three at Keenland. Well beaten at Royal Ascot in the Diamond Jubilee but will love the fast ground and may outrun his price.

That is a brief look at all the runners and whilst it is hard to fancy anything in such a strong race I do feel Lethal Force and Hamza will run well against the field. I will be backing both and hoping that they give their running because both have proved that they are fast sprinters with a bit of class. There are doubts about quite a few of them but these two are solid.


Today's tips:

3.50 Newmarket: Lethal Force at 9-2 with Bet Victor

3.50 NewmarketHamza each-way at 14-1 with Bet Victor



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