One of the most important races in the calendar for sprinters takes place on Saturday in the shape of the Group 1 July Cup at Newmarket.

That top-level contest is surrounded by a number of hot contests on the July Course and Nick Luck has pulled out his five fancies…

Stewards’ Cup winner Khaadem could soften ‘em up

Khaadem (3.35pm) can win the July Cup and continue Charlie Hills’s fine run with sprinters at the highest level.

He was impressive at Goodwood last year before disappointing with valid excuses thereafter.

At Ascot last time, he travelled beautifully in the Diamond Jubilee before the race turned into a bit of a grind (and he was a bit short of room for good measure).

This more speed-favouring track will suit, and he will not mind a bit of cushion underfoot.

Golden Horde is clearly a huge danger for a stable that have a great record in this race, while the pacey Oxted also warrants significant respect for a yard going great guns (though he may want quicker ground).

Ventura an ace bet in Superlative

I am very tempted by Ventura Tormenta (3.00pm) as an each way bet in the Superlative Stakes.

Although I have slight reservations about him stepping up to seven furlongs, I have no such concerns about his ability, following up a blinding run on debut at Ascot with a smooth win at Yarmouth.

Richard Hannon holds him in the highest regard.

Surf’s up for winning on soft ground

Earlier in the afternoon, Surf Dancer (1.50pm) can make amends for being very seriously impeded at Sandown last time.

He likely would not have won that race, but he was running tremendously well and Is entitled to improve: a 3lb rise looks fair enough and he’ll handle a few more showers.

Sweet on Alabama in handicap company

Alabama Whitman (2.25pm) might be the answer to a very tricky fillies’ handicap – she has been set stiff tasks in the Rockfel and the Sandringham the last twice, but certainly wasn’t disgraced either time, is now in much calmer waters, has been dropped 3lbs and comes from a stable among the winners.

Moore can strike aboard Mutamaasik

I suppose it would have been difficult for Jim Crowley to desert Motakhayyel after Ascot, but I think the same owner’s Mutamaasik (4.10pm) might reverse the form under Ryan Moore. There’s no doubt the selection raced on the worse part of the track and he gets a really significant pull in the weights.

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