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Meade and Dettori seek July Cup triumph with Advertise

11 Jul 2019

The big £500,000 sprint at Newmarket on Saturday has drawn a dozen runners.

Advertise landed the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot. Picture:

Advertise heads a field of 12 as he attempts to follow up his Royal Ascot win in the £500,000 Darley July Cup at Newmarket on Saturday.

Martyn Meade’s three-year-old put a disappointing 2000 Guineas run behind him with a clear-cut victory in the Commonwealth Cup last month – and has man-of-the-moment Frankie Dettori on his back once more this weekend for the QIPCO British Champions Series contest.

Another Royal Ascot winner lining up is Roger Varian’s Cape Byron, who steps out of handicap company into the white hot heat of a Group One.

The son of Shamardal has enjoyed a lucrative campaign already, landing Ascot’s Victoria Cup before following up in the Wokingham.

Sir Michael Stoute’s Dream Of Dreams almost denied Blue Point his famous Ascot double in the Diamond Jubilee when rattling home – and will have plenty of followers.

Limato and Brando, standing dishes in this race, are back for another go. Limato won the race three years ago, while Brando has been placed in the last two renewals.

Brando’s trainer Kevin Ryan also runs Major Jumbo, while Aidan O’Brien fields three in an attempt to keep hold of the prize he won last year with US Navy Flag.

Ten Sovereigns needs to bounce back after defeats in the Guineas and Commonwealth Cup, and is joined by Fairyland – who ran on to be fifth in the King’s Stand at Ascot – and So Perfect.

Michael Bell’s Pretty Pollyanna drops in trip after finishing only seventh in the Coronation Stakes.

Charlie Appleby runs Glorious Journey in the absence of the now-retired Blue Point while Lim’s Cruiser, eighth in the Diamond Jubilee, represents Singapore.