Newmarket July Festival Day 1 Tips: Five favourites to follow at the July Course on Thursday

Al Aasy winning the Dubai Duty Free Finest Surprise Stakes at Newbury Racecourse (Image: PA)

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1.20

There is always a certain amount of guesswork involved with a newcomer but there is an awful lot to like on paper about the chance of INVIGILATE , who is a full sister to Sir Michael Stoute’s Breeders’ Cup Turf Mile winner Expert Eye.

Invigilate must have been showing connections the right signs at home because she holds Group 2 Lowther Stakes entry and, providing she is straight enough to do herself justice first time up, she could be different class to these.

1.50

John Gosden has a strong record in the Bahrain Trophy, winning it four times in the last decade, and the stamina-laden STOWELL looks exactly the right type to enhance the impressive stable record.

Stowell’s staying-on third in the Queen’s Vase can be upgraded given he was caught out of his ground in a race that was run to suit those that raced prominently and this colt looks a potential St Leger candidate for later in the season. Expect him to attract classic quotes should he go in.

2.25

PROJECT DANTE ran a blinder to get within a neck of the winner in the Norfolk Stakes on just his second start, giving away ground at the start and meeting trouble in running.

The way Bryan Smart’s colt finished that Group 2 five-furlong contest strongly suggests that he’ll relish the step up to six furlongs and this talented son of Showcasing is likely capable of better still.

3.35

Lightning-quick conditions would ask a question but otherwise there is little point trying to oppose AL AASY who can take this feature contest en route to the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes at Ascot.

The William Haggas-trained colt has looked at home on ground with some dig in it so far but there has been rain around in Newmarket this week so it’s unlikely conditions will be an issue and this potentially top-class colt looks a cut above today’s rivals.

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4.45

This looks wide-open at first glance but single-priced contenders have won the last eight renewals and MIGRATION looks a potentially well handicapped animal on the back of his Salisbury return.

The lightly-raced five-year-old was the subject of a major market move despite returning from a 641-day break and his backers were unlucky to collect because Silvestre De Sousa was caught in a pocket while the leaders were getting first run and although Migration made up ground hand over fist late on, his chance had gone.

A strongly-run mile with a stiff finish will be right up his street and a 1lb higher mark won’t be enough to prevent a big run.

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