|Group 1 race|
|Location|| July Course |
|Race type||Flat / Thoroughbred|
|Distance||6f (1,207 metres)|
|Qualification||Three-years-old and up|
|Weight||9 st 0 lb (3yo);|
9 st 6 lb (4yo+)
3 lb for fillies and mares
|Purse|| £500,000 (2021)|
|Bonuses||see Global Sprint Challenge|
|U S Navy Flag||Brando||Fleet Review|
|Lethal Force||Society Rock||Slade Power|
|Mayson||The Cheka||Society Rock|
|Dream Ahead||Bated Breath||Hitchens|
|Fleeting Spirit||Main Aim||J J The Jet Plane|
|Marchand D'or||US Ranger||War Artist|
|Sakhee's Secret||Dutch Art||Red Clubs|
|Les Arcs||Iffraaj||Ashdown Express|
|Agnes World||Lincoln Dancer||Pipalong|
|Compton Place||Royal Applause||Indian Rocket|
|Anabaa||Lucayan Prince||Hever Golf Rose|
|Lake Coniston||Piccolo||Hoh Magic|
|Mr Brooks||Pursuit Of Love||Sheikh Albadou|
|Royal Academy||Great Commotion||Rock City|
|Cadeaux Genereux||Golden Opinion||Danehill|
|Soviet Star||Big Shuffle||Handsome Sailor|
|Green Desert||Grey Desire||Gwydion|
|Never So Bold||Committed||Dafayna|
|Chief Singer||Never So Bold||Committed|
|Sharpo||Vaigly Star||Indian King|
|Thatching||Vaigly Great||Greenland Park|
The July Cup is a Group 1 flat horse race in Great Britain open to horses aged three years or older. It is run on the July Course at Newmarket over a distance of 6 furlongs (1,207 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in July.
It is one of Britain's most valuable and prestigious sprint races, and many of its winners have been acknowledged as the champion sprinter in Europe.
The event was established in 1876, and the first two runnings were won by Springfield, a colt bred by Queen Victoria at the Hampton Court Stud.
The present system of race grading was introduced in 1971, and the July Cup was initially classed at Group 2 level. It was promoted to Group 1 status in 1978.
The July Cup was part of the Global Sprint Challenge from 2008 to 2017. It was the sixth leg of the series, preceded by the Diamond Jubilee Stakes and followed by the Sprinters Stakes.
The race is currently held on the final day of Newmarket's three-day July Festival meeting.
Most successful horse (3 wins):
Leading jockey (10 wins):
Leading trainer (5 wins):
Leading owner (5 wins):
|1918||Irish Elegance||3||Freddie Fox||Harry Cottrill||James White|
|1919||Diadem||5||Steve Donoghue||George Lambton||1st Baron d'Abernon|
|1920||Diadem||6||George Colling||George Lambton||1st Baron d'Abernon|
|1921||Tetratema||4||Brownie Carslake||Atty Persse||Dermot McCalmont|
|1922||Pharmacie||4||Steve Donoghue||Harry Cottrill||James White|
|1923||Golden Corn||4||Joe Childs||Cecil Boyd-Rochfort||Marshall Field III|
|1924||Drake||4||Michael Beary||Harry Cottrill||Mrs S Whitburn|
|1925||Diomedes||3||John Leach||Harvey Leader||S W Beer|
|S W Beer|
Mrs A James
|1927||Highborn||4||Harry Beasley||Ossie Bell||Hugo Cunliffe-Owen|
|1928||Golden Oracle||3||Joe Childs||H Ussher||H Whitworth|
|1929||Tiffin||4||Freddie Fox||Fred Darling||4th Earl of Ellesmere|
|1930||Sir Cosmo||4||George Swann||William Walters||Richard Garton|
|1931||Xandover||4||Charlie Elliott||F Holt||J Schwod|
|1932||Concerto||4||Harry Wragg||Ossie Bell||Hugo Cunliffe-Owen|
|1933||Myrobella||3||Gordon Richards||Fred Darling||5th Earl of Lonsdale|
|1934||Coroado||4||Herbert Gunn||W Easterby||F J Lundgren|
|1935||Bellacose||3||Patrick Beasley||Robert Colling||P Dunne|
|1936||Bellacose||4||Patrick Beasley||Robert Colling||P Dunne|
|1937||Micky The Greek||3||Harry Wragg||Henry Leach||N Frieze|
|1938||Shalfleet||7||Richard Perryman||Harvey Leader||J Walker|
|1939||Portobello||3||Tommy Lowrey||Robert Colling||P Dunne|
|no race 1940|
|1941||Comatas||4||Billy Nevett||Ossie Bell||Miss K Farrar|
|no race 1942–44|
|1945||Honeyway||4||Eph Smith||Jack Jarvis||Lord Milford|
|1946||The Bug||3||Charlie Smirke||Gerald Wellesley||Norman Wachmann|
|1947||Falls of Clyde||3||Sam Wragg||E Williams||Miss P Vaughan|
|1948||Palm Vista||3||Eph Smith||Rufus Beasley||E Broadbelt|
|1949||Abernant||3||Gordon Richards||Noel Murless||Reginald Macdonald-Buchanan|
|1950||Abernant||4||Gordon Richards||Noel Murless||Reginald Macdonald-Buchanan|
|1951||Hard Sauce||3||Gordon Richards||Norman Bertie||Victor Sassoon|
|1952||Set Fair||3||Eph Smith||Walter Nightingall||C Bell|
|1953||Devon Vintage||3||Gordon Richards||Robert Colling||Robert Boucher|
|1954||Vilmoray||4||William Snaith||B Bullock||A Green|
|1955||Pappa Fourway||3||Harry Carr||Bill Dutton||Elaine Goldson|
|1956||Matador||3||Bill Rickaby||Jack Waugh||Mrs J Ferguson|
|1957||Vigo||4||Lester Piggott||Bill Dutton||T Farr|
|1958||Right Boy||4||Lester Piggott||Bill Dutton||G Gilbert|
|1959||Right Boy||5||Lester Piggott||Pat Rohan||G Gilbert|
|1960||Tin Whistle||3||Lester Piggott||Pat Rohan||B Grainger|
|1961||Galivanter||5||Harry Carr||Dick Hern||Lionel Brook Holliday|
|1962||Marsolve||4||Bill Rickaby||Reg Day||Malcolm McAlpine|
|1963||Secret Step||4||Geoff Lewis||Peter Hastings-Bass||Paul Mellon|
|1964||Daylight Robbery||3||Scobie Breasley||Arthur Budgett||R Budgett|
|1965||Merry Madcap||3||Ron Hutchinson||Freddie Maxwell||Mrs H Frelinghuysen|
|1966||Lucasland||4||Eric Eldin||Jack Waugh||J Baillie|
|1967||Forlorn River||5||Bruce Raymond||Arthur Stephenson||Mrs W A Richardson|
|1968||So Blessed||3||Frankie Durr||Michael Jarvis||David Robinson|
|1969||Tudor Music||3||Frankie Durr||Michael Jarvis||David Robinson|
|1970||Huntercombe||3||Sandy Barclay||Arthur Budgett||Horace Renshaw|
|1971||Realm||4||Brian Taylor||John Winter||Bob Boucher||1:13.60|
|1972||Parsimony||3||Ron Hutchinson||Fulke Johnson Houghton||Ruby Holland-Martin|
|1973||Thatch||3||Lester Piggott||Vincent O'Brien||Jack Mulcahy||1:13.10|
|1974||Saritamer||3||Lester Piggott||Vincent O'Brien||Charles St George||1:11.80|
|1975||Lianga||4||Yves Saint-Martin||Angel Penna, Sr.||Daniel Wildenstein||1:11.80|
|1976||Lochnager||4||Edward Hide||Mick Easterby||Charles Spence||1:12.30|
|1977||Gentilhombre||4||Paul Cook||Neil Adam||J. Murrell||1:11.40|
|1978||Solinus||3||Lester Piggott||Vincent O'Brien||Danny Schwartz||1:11.90|
|1979||Thatching||4||Lester Piggott||Vincent O'Brien||Robert Sangster||1:13.20|
|1980||Moorestyle||3||Lester Piggott||Robert Armstrong||Moores Furnishings Ltd||1:12.89|
|1981||Marwell||3||Walter Swinburn||Michael Stoute||Sir Edmund Loder||1:14.10|
|1982||Sharpo||5||Pat Eddery||Jeremy Tree||Monica Sheriffe||1:11.74|
|1983||Habibti||3||Willie Carson||John Dunlop||Mohamed Mutawa||1:12.11|
|1984||Chief Singer||3||Ray Cochrane||Ron Sheather||Jeff Smith||1:11.75|
|1985||Never So Bold||5||Steve Cauthen||Robert Armstrong||Edward Kessly||1:11.86|
|1986||Green Desert||3||Walter Swinburn||Michael Stoute||Maktoum Al Maktoum||1:12.25|
|1987||Ajdal||3||Walter Swinburn||Michael Stoute||Sheikh Mohammed||1:11.02|
|1988||Soviet Star||4||Cash Asmussen||André Fabre||Sheikh Mohammed||1:12.55|
|1989||Cadeaux Genereux||4||Paul Eddery||Alex Scott||Maktoum Al Maktoum||1:09.82|
|1990||Royal Academy||3||John Reid||Vincent O'Brien||Classic Thoroughbred plc||1:11.46|
|1991||Polish Patriot||3||Ray Cochrane||Guy Harwood||Dick Kirstein||1:12.98|
|1992||Mr Brooks||5||Lester Piggott||Richard Hannon Sr.||Paul Green||1:11.80|
|1993||Hamas||4||Willie Carson||Peter Walwyn||Hamdan Al Maktoum||1:13.08|
|1994||Owington||3||Paul Eddery||Geoff Wragg||Baron G. von Ullmann||1:10.96|
|1995||Lake Coniston||4||Pat Eddery||Geoff Lewis||Highclere Racing Ltd||1:12.42|
|1996||Anabaa||4||Freddy Head||Criquette Head||Ghislaine Head||1:10.63|
|1997||Compton Place||3||Seb Sanders||James Toller||11th Duke of Devonshire||1:12.10|
|1998||Elnadim||4||Richard Hills||John Dunlop||Hamdan Al Maktoum||1:09.72|
|1999||Stravinsky||3||Michael Kinane||Aidan O'Brien||Magnier / Tabor||1:09.51|
|2000||Agnes World||5||Yutaka Take||Hideyuki Mori||Takao Watanabe||1:13.18|
|2001||Mozart||3||Michael Kinane||Aidan O'Brien||Tabor / Magnier||1:09.86|
|2002||Continent||5||Darryll Holland||David Nicholls||Lucayan Stud||1:13.00|
|2003||Oasis Dream||3||Richard Hughes||John Gosden||Khalid Abdullah||1:09.94|
|2004||Frizzante||5||Johnny Murtagh||James Fanshawe||Hopper / Grundy||1:11.51|
|2005||Pastoral Pursuits||4||John Egan||Hughie Morrison||Pursuits / National Stud||1:11.86|
|2006||Les Arcs||6||John Egan||Tim Pitt||Willie McKay||1:11.16|
|2007||Sakhee's Secret||3||Steve Drowne||Hughie Morrison||Bridget Swire||1:10.77|
|2008||Marchand d'Or||5||Davy Bonilla||Freddy Head||Carla Giral||1:11.01|
|2009||Fleeting Spirit||4||Tom Queally||Jeremy Noseda||The Searchers||1:09.58|
|2010||Starspangledbanner||4||Johnny Murtagh||Aidan O'Brien||Michael Tabor et al.||1:09.81|
|2011||Dream Ahead||3||Hayley Turner||David Simcock||Khalifa Dasmal||1:10.66|
|2012||Mayson||4||Paul Hanagan||Richard Fahey||David W. Armstrong||1:15.90|
|2013||Lethal Force||4||Adam Kirby||Clive Cox||Alan G. Craddock||1:09.11|
|2014||Slade Power||5||Wayne Lordan||Edward Lynam||Sabena Power||1:12.40|
|2015||Muhaarar||3||Paul Hanagan||Charlie Hills||Hamdan Al Maktoum||1:09.34|
|2016||Limato||4||Harry Bentley||Henry Candy||Paul G. Jacobs||1:09.97|
|2017||Harry Angel||3||Adam Kirby||Clive Cox||Godolphin||1:11:25|
|2018||U S Navy Flag||3||Ryan Moore||Aidan O'Brien||Tabor / Smith / Magnier||1:11:32|
|2019||Ten Sovereigns||3||Ryan Moore||Aidan O'Brien||Tabor / Smith / Magnier||1:09.31|
|2020||Oxted||4||Cieren Fallon||Roger Teal||S Piper, T Hirschfeld & D Fish||1:09.59|
|2021||Starman||4||Tom Marquand||Ed Walker||David Ward||1:10.11|
The Diamond Jubilee Stakes is a Group 1 flat horse race in Great Britain open to horses aged four years or older. Three-year-olds foaled in the Southern Hemisphere are also eligible. It is run at Ascot over a distance of 6 furlongs, and it is scheduled to take place each year in June.
The Nunthorpe Stakes is a Group 1 flat horse race in Great Britain open to horses aged two years or older. It is run at York over a distance of 5 furlongs, and it is scheduled to take place each year in August.
The Cheveley Park Stakes is a Group 1 flat horse race in Great Britain open to two-year-old fillies. It is run on the Rowley Mile at Newmarket over a distance of 6 furlongs, and it is scheduled to take place each year in late September.
The Middle Park Stakes is a Group 1 flat horse race in Great Britain open to two-year-old colts. It is run on the Rowley Mile at Newmarket over a distance of 6 furlongs, and it is scheduled to take place each year in September.
The Jockey Club Stakes is a Group 2 flat horse race in Great Britain open to horses aged four years or older. It is run over a distance of 1 mile and 4 furlongs (2,414 metres) on the Rowley Mile at Newmarket in late April or early May.
The King's Stand Stakes is a Group 1 flat horse race in Great Britain open to horses aged three years or older. It is run at Ascot over a distance of 5 furlongs, and it is scheduled to take place each year in June.
The July Stakes is a Group 2 flat horse race in Great Britain open to two-year-old colts and geldings. It is run on the July Course at Newmarket over a distance of 6 furlongs, and it is scheduled to take place each year in July.
The Princess of Wales's Stakes is a Group 2 flat horse race in Great Britain open to horses aged three years or older. It is run on the July Course at Newmarket over a distance of 1 mile and 4 furlongs, and it is scheduled to take place each year in July.
The Challenge Stakes is a Group 2 flat horse race in Great Britain open to horses aged three years or older. It is run on the Rowley Mile at Newmarket over a distance of 7 furlongs, and it is scheduled to take place each year in October.
Lester Keith Piggott is a retired English professional jockey. With 4,493 career wins, including nine Epsom Derby victories, he is widely regarded as one of the greatest flat racing jockeys of all time and the originator of a much imitated style. Popularly known as "The Long Fellow" he was known for his competitive personality, keeping himself thirty pounds under his natural weight, and on occasion not sparing the whip on horses such as Roberto in the 1972 Derby. Piggott regarded Sir Ivor as the easiest to ride of the great winners.
Vincent O'Brien was an Irish race horse trainer from Churchtown, County Cork, Ireland. In 2003 he was voted the greatest influence in horse racing history in a worldwide poll hosted by the Racing Post. In earlier Racing Post polls he was voted the best ever trainer of national hunt and of flat racehorses. He trained six horses to win the Epsom Derby, won three Grand Nationals in succession and trained the only British Triple Crown winner, Nijinsky, since the Second World War. He was twice British champion trainer in flat racing and also twice in national hunt racing; the only trainer in history to have been champion under both rules. Aidan O'Brien took over the Ballydoyle stables after his retirement.
The Champagne Stakes is a Group 2 flat horse race in Great Britain open to two-year-old colts and geldings. It is run at Doncaster over a distance of 7 furlongs and 6 yards, and it is scheduled to take place each year in September.
The Cambridgeshire Handicap is a flat handicap horse race in Great Britain open to horses aged three years or older. It is run on the Rowley Mile at Newmarket over a distance of 1 mile and 1 furlong, and it is scheduled to take place each year in late September.
The Anglesey Stakes is a Group 3 flat horse race in Ireland open to two-year-old thoroughbreds. It is run at the Curragh over a distance of 6 furlongs and 63 yards, and it is scheduled to take place each year in July.
The British Champions Sprint Stakes is a Group 1 flat horse race in Great Britain open to horses aged three years or older. It is run at Ascot over a distance of 6 furlongs, and it is scheduled to take place each year in October.
Thatching was an Irish Thoroughbred racehorse and sire. The horse's early career was delayed and disrupted by injury and he did not show his best form until switched to sprinting distances in the spring of 1979 when he won the Duke of York Stakes. He improved further when equipped with blinkers that summer, recording impressive victories in both the Cork and Orrery Stakes and the July Cup. He had a marked tendency to veer ("hang") to the left when in front, which led to his disqualification in the William Hill Sprint Championship. He was retired to stud after winning four of his eleven races and became a successful breeding stallion.
Double Form was an Irish-bred British Thoroughbred racehorse and sire. A specialist sprinter, he showed promise as a two-year-old in 1977, and improved to become a high-class performer in 1978. He won only one race as a three-year-old but was placed in several major sprints. In 1979 he improved again to become the highest-rated sprinter in the United Kingdom, winning the Temple Stakes, King's Stand Stakes and Haydock Sprint Cup in England and the Prix de l'Abbaye in France. He was the first horse to win both the King's Stand Stakes and the Prix de l'Abbaye. He was retired to stud where he was an immediate success but died on 22 April 1983.
Saritamer was a Kentucky-bred, Irish-trained Thoroughbred racehorse and sire. As a two-year-old he was rated the third-best two-year-old in Ireland after winning the Anglesey Stakes and the Beresford Stakes. In the following year he became a specialised sprinter, excelling over six furlongs and winning the Greenlands Stakes, Cork and Orrery Stakes, July Cup and Diadem Stakes. He was named best sprinter of 1974 by Timeform. He later sired the middle-distance champion Time Charter, but was otherwise a complete failure at stud.
Our Lassie was a British Thoroughbred racehorse and broodmare. She was a very good performer as a juvenile in 1902 when she won the Sandown Produce Stakes and was placed in her other three starts. In the following year she failed in the Lincoln Handicap but the recorded a decisive win in the Oaks Stakes. She failed to win or place in four subsequent races and was retired from racing at the end of 1904. As a broodmare she produced a few winners but had her biggest impact on the future of Thoroughbred racing through her unraced daughter Lady Brilliant.
Mrs Butterwick was a British Thoroughbred racehorse and broodmare. She spent most of her racing career competing in sprint races but recorded her biggest victory over a distance of one and a half miles when she won the Oaks Stakes in 1893. She showed good form as a two-year-old, winning three races and finishing second against older horses in the July Cup. In the following year she began her campaign with a defeat over five furlongs before being stepped up in distance for her upset win in the Oaks three days later. She spent the rest of her career competing in handicap races and won at least twice under big weights in 1894. After her retirement from racing she had considerable success as a dam of winners.