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Yibir out to get back to winning ways

Breeders’ Cup winner Yibir attempts to get back to winning ways as he features among the six runners declared for the Princess Of Wales’s Close Brothers Stakes that headlines the opening day of Newmarket’s July Festival.

Charlie Appleby’s four-year-old was a winner of the Bahrain Trophy on this card 12 months ago, which was one of four victories for the son of Dubawi in 2021 and culminated in a heroic triumph in the Breeders’ Cup Turf at Del Mar in November.

However, he has had no such luck in 2022 as a neck defeat in the Dubai Sheema Classic has been followed by further narrow loses in the Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket and Man o’War Stakes at Belmont.

It was Living Legend who claimed the scalp of Yibir on the Rowley Mile in April and features amongst the sextet engaged as he attempts to give the Mark and Charlie Johnston stable their third win in the last four runnings of the race. In the absence of Joe Fanning the six-year-old will be partnered by Ryan Moore.

The Kingsley Park team are also represented by West End Charmer, while Royal Ascot runner-up Mostahdaf, the Frankie Dettori-ridden New Mandate and Godolphin second-string Global Storm are the others set to line up in the one-mile-four-furlong contest.

Coventry Stakes runner-up Persian Force will be bidding to go one better when he takes part in the Close Brothers July Stakes that both Richard Hannon and his father have enjoyed plenty of success in over the years.

Newbury Races – Saturday May 14th
Persian Force, here winning at Newbury, lines up in the July Stakes at Newmarket on Thursday (David Davies/PA)

However, he could face stiff competition in the form of Windsor Castle scorer Little Big Bear, who moves up to six furlongs in search of a hat-trick in the Group two contest.

Brave Nation was caught up in the carnage in the latter stages of the Norfolk Stakes and will be seeking compensation representing Michael Bell, while Mysterious Night skipped the Royal meeting and is also of interest from the eight going to post for the £56,000 first prize.

In the Group Three Bahrain Trophy it is Masekela that heads the six declared as he attempts to build on his encouraging fourth in the Derby at Epsom last month. Narrow Queen’s Vase runner-up Zechariah could prove the biggest danger in the one-mile-five-furlong event.

2022 Newmarket July Festival Trends – Day One, Thursday 7th July

The three-day 2022 Newmarket July Meeting gets started on Thursday (7th July) and runs till Saturday (9th July) - with LIVE ITV races each day we’ve got everything covered from a trends and stats angle. As always, we are on hand to take you through each of the LIVE races from a trends angle – use these to narrow down the runners and pinpoint the best profiles of past winners of the race.

Newmarket July Meeting - Day One, Thursday 7th July 2022


1.50 - Bahrain Trophy (Group 3) Cl1 1m5f ITV

20/20 – Had 2 or more previous runs that season
17/20 – Failed to win last time out
16/20 – Never run on the Newmarket July Course before
12/20 – Ran at Royal Ascot last time out
12/20 – Had won over 1m2f (or further) before
12/20 – Favourites placed in the top three
12/20 – Won at 3/1 or shorter
10/20 – Finished fifth or worse in their previous race
6/20 – Winning favourites
4/20 – Trained by John Gosden (inc 4 of last 11 runnings)
3/20 – Ridden by Frankie Dettori
2/20 – Ridden by William Buick
2/20 – Winners that came from stall 1


2.25 – Close Brothers July Stakes (Group 2) (Colts & Geldings) Cl1 6f ITV

19/20 – Had won over 5 or 6f previously
18/20 – Placed in their last run
17/20 – Had 2 or more previous career starts
15/20 – Won by either a Feb or March foal
12/20 – Won their last race
11/20 – Won at 9/2 or shorter
10/20 – Ran at Royal Ascot in their last race
10/20 – Unplaced favourites
7/20 – Trained by the Richard Hannon yard (9 wins in total)
6/20 – Winning favourites
2/20 – Ridden by Paul Hanagan
1/20 – Winners that came from stall 1
Frankie Dettori has ridden 5 winners in the race


3.00 – Bet Boost At Bet365 Handicap Cl2 6f ITV

16/16 – Had won no more than 3 times before
14/16 – Didn’t win last time out
14/16 – Raced in the last 4 weeks
14/16 – Had won over 6f before
13/16 – Returned 9/1 or bigger in the betting
13/16 – Carried 8-12 or less
13/16 – Winning distance – 1 length or less
12/16 – Had 3 or 4 previous runs that season
12/16 – Came from a double-figure stall
11/16 – Unplaced favourites
8/16 – Finished unplaced last time out
4/16 – Trained by Andrew Balding
4/16 – Ridden by David Probert
0/16 – Winning favourites


3.35 - Princess Of Wales´s Close Brothers Stakes (Group 2) Cl1 1m4f ITV

18/20 – Aged 4 or older (4 year-olds have won 11 of last 14)
18/20 – Previously won over at least 1m4f
16/20 – Had 2 or more runs that season
16/20 – Winners from stall 5 or lower
14/20 – Won at 8/1 or shorter in the betting
14/20 – Won a Group 1 or 2 race before
14/20 – Unplaced in their previous race
11/20 – Favourites that were placed
10/20 – Ran at Royal Ascot in their previous race
5/20 – Trained by Sir Michael Stoute (won it 9 times in total)
5/20 – Won by trainer Mark Johnston
4/20 – Ridden by Ryan Moore
Godolphin have won 3 of the last 8 runnings