Horse Racing By Jon Ivan-Duke

Twilight Son Heads Wide Open July Cup Market

Following the five-day declarations for the Darley July Cup, William Hill make Twilight Son the 9-2 favourite, with four rivals close behind in the betting.

Magical Memory and Quiet Reflection are both 5-1 chances. Twilight Son and Magical Memory have raced each other five times, with Twilight Son finishing in front of Magical Memory on four occasions. Quiet Reflection was a good winner of the Commonwealth Cup after being given a peach of a ride by Dougie Costello.

Limato, who was fourth in the Lockinge, drops back in trip and is 6-1 in the betting. That’s the same price as Profitable, who won the King’s Stand at Royal Ascot.

Limato is the key mover so far, shortening over the weekend to 6-1 from 10-1 with William Hill.

“Henry Candy has a double-barrelled shotgun for the July Cup, with Twilight Son and Limato both having strong chances of hitting the target,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.

William Hill Ayr Gold Cup winner Don’t Touch is at 12-1, alongside Home Of The Brave who has been supplemented for the race.

Darley July Cup: 9-2 Twilight Son, 5-1 Magical Memory, Quiet Reflection, 6-1 Limato, Profitable, 12-1 Don’t Touch, Home Of The Brave, 14-1 Air Force Blue, 16-1 Danzeno, Suedois, 20-1 Cotai Glory, 25-1 Goken, Jungle Cat, Waady, Washington DC, 33-1 Arod, Besharah, Eastern Impact, Mongolian Saturday, Sole Power, 50-1 Waterloo Bridge, (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)

Bunbury Cup: 7-1 Buckstay, Librisa Breeze, 10-1 Heaven’s Guest, 12-1 Can’t Change It, Mutawathea, 14-1 Flaming Spear, Flash Fire, Peril, Third Time Lucky, 16-1 Bossy Guest, Glory Awaits, Golden Steps, Hold Tight, Kelinni, 20-1 Certificate, Dinkum Diamond, Emell, Farlow, George Bowen, Ghalib, Glorious Empire, Highland Colori, Tanzeel, Yattwee, 25-1 BAR (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3,4)