The July Cup is the feature race at Newmarket tomorrow and the betting suggests that this will be one of the most intriguing renewals of the race in some time.
Four horses were vying for favouritism yesterday as four horses held the favourite tag at 11/2, with money coming all the time for Air Force Blue (9/1). Profitable was in the mix also at 7/1.
Trainer Henry Candy is responsible for two of the four 11/2 shots as both Twilight Son and Limato come under his care but such is the competitiveness of the race, Candy himself feels that Royal Ascot winner Quiet Reflection should probably be the stand-alone favourite.
Karl Burke's Quiet Reflection is getting 9lbs from her older rivals and three from the Aidan O'Brien-trained pair of three-year-old colts, and that could well be significant.
In winning at Royal Ascot, Quiet Reflection was taking on her own age group and this will be a different story but there's no reason why she can't take the allowances and put it up to the older horses.
There's no doubt that Air Force Blue would appear to be on his last major chance in Group One company after two disappointing efforts in the Irish and English Guineas. On his juvenile form, if he runs up to his mark over six furlongs, he'll be an interesting recruit to the sprinting division, but the value looks squeezed out of his price now as he is hard to trust.
Quiet Reflection is unbeaten in all bar one of her outings and her widest margin victories came on the two occasions where the ground was at its quickest.
She certainly ticks a lot of boxes to continue the sensational season for former jump jockey Dougie Costello.
Cunco, the son of Frankel who made a winning debut at Newbury back in April, will hope to return to winning ways at Newmarket tomorrow following a fine effort at Royal Ascot.
John Gosden sends the juvenile to the Group Two Superlative Stakes after a decent effort behind Churchill in the Chesham Stakes and while Aidan O'Brien sends over Leopardstown winner War Decree, Cunco gets the nod.
In the Bunbury Cup, a chance is taken with Bossy Guest. Mick Channon's four-year-old drops back down to seven furlongs after not being disgraced in the Royal Hunt Cup last time.
From three career wins, two came at Newmarket on quick ground over six furlongs the other was over six-furlongs on debut at York. He may not just have stayed on his recent outings and conditions should be perfect for the 20/1 shot.