Hamish heads declarations for day one of July Festival

Hamish heads a field of six for the Group 2 Princess of Wales’s Stakes, the feature race on day one of the July Festival.

HAMISH (black cap) winning the Surprise Stakes at Newbury in England.
HAMISH (black cap) winning the Surprise Stakes at Newbury in England. Picture: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Paddy Power has installed the William Haggis-trained Hamish as 6/4 favourite for the twelve furlong contest following a brave second in the Group 1 Coronation Stakes, ahead of Arrest, who produced a better performance when runner-up in the Group 3 Ormonde Stakes at Chester. Marco Botti's Giovellotto returns to a shorter distance after back-to-back victories in the Group 2 Yorkshire Cup whilst Time Lock could show improved form with the cheekpieces removed.

Elsewhere on Thursday's competitive card, the Group 2 July Stakes has attracted a small but exciting field of juveniles with Aidan O'Brien's Whistlejacket aiming to get back on the winning thread following a disappointing run at Royal Ascot. He will face the unbeaten Ain't Nobody, from the Kevin Ryan yard, who justified market support with a success in the Listed Windsor Castle Stakes at the Royal meeting and takes the step up to six furlongs for the first time.

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