A move by Newmarket Racecourses to increase opportunities for older staying horses has received the backing of trainers and owners after 69 horses were entered for the inaugural running of the £120,000 bet365 Trophy at the July Course on Friday, 12th July.

The race, a Class 2 Open Handicap over 1 3/4 miles which is part of the Moët & Chandon July Festival, has attracted a number of big names, including the Chester Cup hero Making Miracles. The four-year-old is one of seven Mark Johnston-trained runners entered, with the likes of John Gosden, Roger Varian and Saeed bin Suroor also putting horses forward for the contest.

Staged as the opening race of the second day of the Moët & Chandon July Festival, the bet365 Trophy takes the place of the Silver Bunbury Cup. While the latter race is no longer part of the programme, there remains a Class 3 Handicap over seven furlongs later on the same day’s card, which closes at the six-day stage.

The positive response to the bet365 Trophy comes as 90 entries are also revealed for the bet365 Bunbury Cup, a race steeped in the history of Newmarket. A Heritage Handicap that always proves popular with punters, the bet365 Bunbury Cup was won last year by Burnt Sugar for trainer Roger Fell and the now seven-year-old could bid to defend his crown after being entered for the race this week.

Above The Rest, who won in 2017, is another name to note while Richard Fahey, who has won the race three times since the turn of the decade, has entered six in his bid to win it again, including Zap, the winner of last year’s Silver Bunbury.

Michael Prosser, Regional Head of Racing for The Jockey Club, East Region, said:

“I am delighted with the number and quality of entries for these two fantastic races and am especially encouraged to see the support for the inaugural bet365 Trophy.

“Being for horses aged four years and up, the bet365 Trophy is a perfect opportunity for the older stayer and demonstrates Newmarket Racecourses’ commitment to the discipline. The prize fund of £120,000 also represents significant investment from bet365 and we are grateful to them for their support in creating this exciting contest.

“The bet365 Bunbury Cup is a race rich with heritage and is one of the highlights of the Moët & Chandon July Festival. With such a large number of quality entrants for 2019’s renewal, I have no doubt we are in for another memorable race.”
 
 
The 69 entries for the inaugural bet365 Trophy (Heritage Handicap) run over one mile and six furlongs at Newmarket’s July Course on Friday, 12th July, are as follows:

Weekender (GB), Royal Line (GB), Austrian School (IRE), First Eleven (GB), Red Galileo (GB), Barsanti (IRE), Making Miracles (GB), Withhold (GB), Red Verdon (USA), Desert Skyline (IRE), Raheen House (IRE), Byron Flyer (GB), Baghdad (FR), Proschema (IRE), Ben Vrackie (GB), Lucky Deal (GB), Secret Advisor (FR), Outbox (GB), Rock Eagle (GB), Top Tug (IRE), Bayshore Freeway (IRE), King’s Advice (GB), Blakeney Point (GB), Hermoso Mundo (SAF), What A Welcome (GB), The Grand Visir (GB), Fujaira Prince (IRE), Collide (GB), Corgi (GB), Shabeeb (USA), Bartholomeu Dias (GB), Speedo Boy (FR), Bombyx (GB), Buzz (FR), Desert Wind (IRE), Charles Kingsley (GB), Temple Church (IRE), Platitude (GB), Corelli (USA), Indianapolis (IRE), Time To Study (FR), Reshoun (FR), Not So Sleepy (GB), Kelly’s Dino (FR), Lorelina (GB), Rare Groove (IRE), Ulster (IRE), Jukebox Jive (FR), Breath Caught (GB), Eddystone Rock (IRE), Caliburn (IRE), Mugatoo (IRE), Spirit Ridge (GB), Grandee (IRE), Hareeq (GB), You’re Hired (GB), Jedhi (GB), Lissitzky (IRE), Manjaam (IRE), Desert Point (FR), Superb Story (IRE), Matchmaking (GER), Never Surrender (IRE), Dragons Voice (GB), Nuits St Georges (IRE), Baydar (GB), Cristal Spirit (GB), Saroog (GB) (69).

The 90 entries for the bet365 Bunbury Cup (Heritage Handicap) run over seven furlongs of Newmarket’s July Course on Saturday, 13th July, are as follows:

Cardsharp (GB), Flaming Spear (IRE), Gifted Master (IRE), Cape Byron (GB), So Beloved (GB), Victory Wave (USA), Zhui Feng (IRE), Chatez (IRE), Bowerman (GB), Lake Volta (IRE), Raising Sand (GB), Straight Right (FR), Above The Rest (IRE), Burnt Sugar (IRE), Keyser Soze (IRE), Red Mist (GB), Kynren (IRE), Crossing The Line (GB), Summerghand (IRE), What’s The Story (GB), Makzeem (GB), Three Saints Bay (IRE), Foxtrot Lady (GB), Love Dreams (IRE), Vale of Kent (IRE), Cold Stare (IRE), Escobar (IRE), Cliffs of Capri (GB), Medahim (IRE), Marie’s Diamond (IRE), Staxton (GB), Blue Mist (GB), Spanish City (GB), Solar Gold (IRE), Azano (GB), Island of Life (USA), Shady McCoy (USA), Hateya (IRE), Lord Oberon (GB), Aljady (FR), Fighting Irish (IRE), Game Player (IRE), Margub (GB), Great Prospector (IRE), Lush Life (IRE), Blown By Wind (GB), George William (GB), Sanaadh (GB), Masham Star (IRE), Alemaratalyoum (IRE), Zap (GB), Admirality (GB), Bambino Lola (GB), Ripp Orf (IRE), Aces (IRE), Mutafani (GB), Hajjam (GB), Dunkerron (GB), Daarik (IRE), Hyperfocus (IRE), Mubhij (IRE), Dubai Legacy (USA), Apex King (IRE), Ambassadorial (USA), Raydiance (GB), Givinitsum (SAF), Tommy Taylor (USA), Beauty Filly (GB), Presidential (IRE), Cosmic Law (IRE), Squats (IRE), Ulshaw Bridge (IRE), Gallipoli (IRE), Ultimate Avenue (IRE), Diocles of Rome (IRE), Buffer Zone (GB), Woven (GB), Right Action (GB), Breath of Air (GB), La Maquina (GB), Ebury (GB), Artistic Rifles (IRE), Dream World (IRE), Red Bravo (IRE), Yattwee (USA), Jallota (GB), Jassaar (GB), Western Frontier (USA), Good Effort (IRE), San Andreas (IRE) (90).