Talking Horses: Rohaan can take sprinter spoils in July Cup

By: Greg Wood Saturday 10 July 2021

Wokingham winner continues to improve and gelding can take the prize for David Evans

The emergence of several top-class three-year-old sprinters adds extra depth to an outstanding renewal of the Group One July Cup at Newmarket, with the likes of Dragon Symbol, Rohaan (4.35), Creative Force and Line Of Departure laying down a serious challenge to the older horses, including up and coming Starman and last year’s winner, Oxted.

Rohaan started handicapping rated 55 but is 61lb higher now after a remarkable journey through the ranks. David Evans’s gelding posted a strong time when winning the Wokingham last month and could have at least one more big step forward in him yet.

York 1.45 Eagleway’s draw in 14 is a worry but Jim Crowley is booked and his second in the Victoria Cup is as strong as any of the recent form on offer.

Newmarket 2.05 Riknnah has been progressing steadily and had a bit to spare when successful over this track and trip on her handicap debut last month.

York 2.20 Fujaira Prince, last year’s Ebor winner over this course and distance, made a successful seasonal debut in 2019 and 2020 and has the beating of this field if anywhere close to his best.

Newmarket 2.40 Royal Fleet and Kaheall are on the up. The latter showed a good attitude at Chelmsford last month and is narrowly preferred at the likely odds.

Newmarket 
1.30
Calm Skies
2.05 Riknnah
2.40 Kaheall
3.15 Great Max
3.50 Perotto (nap)
4.25 Rohaan
5.00 Amir Kabir

Ascot
1.50 Implore
2.25 Spanish Kiss
3.00 Al Suhail
3.35 Boundless Power (nb)
4.10 Appellation
4.45 Dhushan
5.20 Mabre

Chester
2.15 Costa Adeje
2.50 Ey Up It's Maggie
3.25 Rhoscolyn
4.00 Monbaher
4.35 Gabrial The One
5.10 Cuban Breeze
5.40 Sir Maxi

York
1.45 Eagleway
2.20 Fujaira Prince
2.55 Lady Isabel
3.30 Atomic Lady
4.05 Astro King
4.40 Winter Power
5.15 George Bowen

Hamilton
5.50 Lady Lade
6.20 Big Thanks
6.50 Coase
7.20 Fandabidozi
7.50 Ayr Empress
8.20 Antagonize
8.50 My Little Queens

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