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Five horses who will relish quick ground on day three of the July festival

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Having avoided thunderstorms in the area last night, conditions at Newmarket still suit fast-ground horses after the going changed slightly to good to firm, good in places for the final day of the July festival, with forecast light rain not expected to alter conditions again this morning. Here are five horses who are set to be suited by the quick ground.

Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa Fillies' Handicap, 7f (2.05)

The Sir Michael Stoute-trained filly has yet to run on ground with the word ‘firm’ in the description, but her past performances suggest she will relish the underfoot conditions.

A winner on the all-weather on her seasonal reappearance in April, Samoot then recorded a career-best Racing Post Rating when winning cosily at Salisbury on good ground a month later.

The Dubawi filly then defied heavy conditions to finish second in the Sandringham at Royal Ascot, but this return to 7f on quick ground should see her in an even better light.

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Titan Rock
bet365 Mile Handicap, 1m (2.40)

Godolphin’s Royal Fleet is strong at the top of the market, but one who should enjoy the ground at a bigger price is the John Quinn-trained Titan Rock.

The three-year-old ran below par at Goodwood in May on his first run since being gelded, but that came on soft ground and he has been shown to much better effect on his latest two outings on a sounder surface.

Titan Rock has a perfect two out of two record on good to firm and could threaten with champion jockey Oisin Murphy in the saddle for the first time.

Great Max
Group 2 bet365 Superlative Stakes, 7f (3.15)

Great Max debuted in stylish fashion on good to firm ground at Newbury last month and connections believe that “this ground will suit him better”, having subsequently ran in soft ground in the Chesham at Royal Ascot. The Michael Bell-trained colt still finished a more-than-creditable third to Point Lonsdale on that occasion. 

His Group 1-winning sire Wootton Bassett won four times on good or quicker ground as a two-year-old and Great Max’s form is as strong as any heading into this Group 2 contest.

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bet365 Bunbury Cup, 7f (3.50)

Perotto’s form figures on good to firm read 12121 and another bold showing can be expected for trainer Marcus Tregoning.

The improving three-year-old was only beaten a length by July Cup contender Creative Force on the Rowley Mile in May and has already taken on and beaten older horses at Goodwood in June.

He is officially 5lb well-in with the handicapper after winning the Britannia Stakes on this ground at Royal Ascot at odds of 18-1 and there could be more to come.

Group 1 Darley July Cup, 6f (4.25)

Last year's winner is bidding to become the first back-to-back champion since the 1950s and has the ground conditions to suit. 

The five-year-old, who will once again be ridden by Cieren Fallon, has won four times from five runs on good to firm with his only defeat coming earlier this season when lacking in race fitness.

He still finished second on that occasion and was in scintillating form on fast ground at Royal Ascot when landing the King's Stand Stakes.

Saturday's race previews:

3.00 Ascot: Century Dream and Top Rank clash again with new jockeys in Summer Mile

3.15 Newmarket: History suggests you should favour unexposed juveniles over Ascot also-rans

3.35 Ascot: Hurricane Ivor out to gain first British win after Sandown farce

3.50 Newmarket: Is Britannia hero Perotto a handicap blot? Graeme Rodway gives his verdict

4.05 York: What could go wrong for Astro King? Graeme Rodway reckons he has found something

4.25 Newmarket: Cieren Fallon bids to follow in legendary July Cup footsteps with Oxted

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Perotto’s form figures on good to firm read 12121 and another bold showing can be expected for trainer Marcus Tregoning
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