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All the early news on day two of Newmarket's July festival

Day two of the July festival at Newmarket is one of eight meetings to enjoy on Friday
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Yesterday was billed as 'ladies' day' at Newmarket but with the Group 1 Falmouth Stakes (3.35) taking centre stage on day two of the July festival, today is all about the female equine stars.

When it comes to current stars of the track, there is none bigger than Alpha Centauri, who put up arguably the performance of the week at Royal Ascot when winning the Coronation Stakes with ease and bids to follow up in the Falmouth. 

The Group 2 Duchess of Cambridge Stakes (2.25) and the consolation race for the Bunbury Cup (1.50) are among the supporting races at Newmarket on a quality card.

Across Britain and Ireland there are no less than eight meetings on Friday, including York, Ascot and Chester, playing host to 55 contests in all with something for everyone.


Going report

Newmarket (first race at 1.50)
Good to Firm (GoingStick at 08:30 on Thursday: stands' side 6.5; centre 6.7; far side 6.5)

York (2.05)
Good to firm (GoingStick on Thursday - far side 7.5; centre 7.6; stands' side 7.5)

Ascot (2.15)
Good to firm

Downpatrick (3.05)
Good

Chepstow (5.35)
Good to firm, firm in places (GoingStick:8.8 at 06:00 on Thursday)

Cork (5.45)
Good to firm, good in places

Chester (5.50)
Good (GoingStick: 7.5 at 06:00 on Wednesday)

Ffos Las (6.00)
Good, good to firm in places


Market movers

2.05 York - Diamond Oasis 9-2 (from 6)

2.50 Ascot - Nayslayer 11-1 (from 14)

5.40 Ascot - Bronze Angel 9-1 (from 12)

7.15 Chepstow - Edged Out 100-30 (from 9-2)

7.35 Ffos Las - Djarkevi 9-1 (from 12)

7.45 Chepstow - Trotter 8-1 (from 10)

7.55 Chester - 10-1 (from 14)


What to back

It takes Adam Maidment just ten seconds to unveil his best bet of the day.

Find out who out regional correspondents fancy in Tips Box, while Signposts Sweetspots offers statistical-based pointers for today's action.


What to read

Seven runners go to post for the Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes, but for most it is a one-horse race and another inevitable coronation for star filly Alpha Centauri.

Goddess, a daughter of Derby winner Camelot out of a half-sister to champion Galileo, bolted into contention for next year's Classics with a ten-length victory in a 7f maiden at Leopardstown on Thursday evening.

Friday will not deliver a tectonic shift in pool betting as had once seemed likely, but racegoers will see the start of a new dawn.


What to watch

July festival clues aplenty in this week's Postcast.

Handicapper Roy Rocket has become something of a cult hero thanks to his prolific success at Brighton and we pay a visit to his home in Newmarket.

The best of Racing Post Sport

Bruce Millington, Mark Langdon and Dan Childs look ahead to the FIFA World Cup Final on Sunday. 

The team also preview Saturday's third place playoff between Belgium and England.

Final thought

Mark Johnston has been in prolific form since the start of of May and there is no sign of him slowing down with seven winners last Saturday and two more last night among his 23 for the current month so far.

He must be long odds on the add to that today with no fewer than 14 runners representing him at five different tracks. Royal Ascot winner Main Edition (2.25) heads Johnston’s seven runners at Newmarket, a team that also includes hat-trick seeking Nyaleti and Coronation Stakes runner-up Threading in the Group 1 Falmouth Stakes.


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When it comes to current stars of the track, there is none bigger than Alpha Centauri, who put up arguably the performance of the week at Royal Ascot
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