July Stakes Betting Tips: Legends Of War worth a wager at Newmarket

Horsebetting.com’s July Stakes betting tips say the hugely exciting Legends Of War is one to be on in the Group 2 juvenile contest over 6f at Newmarket on Thursday, 12 July. Advertise brings the strongest form into the race and is feared most, while Konchek appeals each-way now stepped up in trip. Read our 2018 July Stakes betting tips preview for full details.

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Legends Of War
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Legends Of War can capture July Stakes to further enhance Classic claims

Legends Of War created a huge impression when scoring on debut and can take the step up into Group 2 company in his stride to land the 6f July Stakes at Newmarket on Thursday, 12 July (14:25).

The John Gosden trained colt had been touted as something special ahead of his racecourse debut at Yarmouth and justified the hype by tearing apart his six opponents. After being held-up travelling strongly by Frankie Dettori, Legends Of War made smooth headway between rivals two from home to challenge on the bridle.

When Dettori then asked him to go about his business and put the race to bed at the furlong marker, the response was immediate. Legends Of War changed gear, quickening instantly to shoot clear and slam San Donato by five lengths. He had the third horse Leading Spirit a further 3 3/4 lengths behind.

It was a electric display that oozed class and one which saw the son of Scat Daddy get a top-price quote of 25/1 for next year’s 2000 Guineas. Although the horses he beat haven’t franked the form in subsequent runs, you sometimes just have to go one the visual impression created.

Legends Of War could not have been more impressive on that score and is clearly a very exciting prospect with a huge engine. This obviously demands more, but he’s fancied to rise to the challenge and land the spoils to further enhance his Classic credentials.

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Advertise the form horse and feared most

Advertise ran a stormer last time out when runner-up at Royal Ascot and looks a massive player for trainer Martyn Meade.

The son of Showcasing went down by just a length to Calyx, who is also an exciting prospect trained by Gosden, in the 23-runner Group 2 Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot. After racing at the rear on the far side of the track from stall 1, Advertise made stealthy headway a furlong from home and ran on strongly to lead his group close home.

Although he never looked like getting to the impressive winner, who was drawn on the stands’ side in 22, it was a very solid effort. Advertise also had Aidan O’Brien’s highly regarded Sergei Prokofiev a neck behind in third. The form of that race looks rock solid and sets a clear standard in this.

Prior to it, Advertise had justified heavy support on debut at Newbury when landing a 12-runner maiden at in fine style. After dwelling at the start, he steadily made up the lost ground and quickened smartly when asked beat Pogio by three-quarters of a length in a race the race has thrown-up plenty of subsequent winners.

Advertise is clearly an above average sort with proven form in the grade who should have plenty more to offer and therefore rates the main danger to Legends Of War.

Konchek the each-way value

Van Beethoven also commands plenty of respect given that he is the sole representative for leading Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien, but for those looking for a bet at bigger odds Konchek appeals as the the each-way value.

After scoring in good style on debut at Newmarket, the Clive Cox trained colt ran very well when a three-quarters of a length third to Vintage Brut in the Listed 5f National Stakes at Sandown. Konchek lost vital ground when dwelling at the start, but stayed on very strongly to be gaining hand over fist at the finish.

The son of July Cup winner Lethal Force was sent off 9/2 second favourite for the Group 2 Norfolk Stakes over 5f at Royal Ascot on the back of that fine effort, and again did all his best work late on to finish a never nearer two-length fifth of 10 to Shang Shang Shang.

Judge on those efforts, Konchek appears to be crying out for a step up in trip and he gets that in this. The extra furlong looks sure to suit and he is officially the second highest rated in the line-up. So, at the odds on offer, Kochek looks capable of outrunning his odds and therefore has to be our each-way play.

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