Old rivalries could dominate July Cup field at Newmarket

Perfect Power will be locking horns with Flaming Rib again as 16 contenders are expected to line up for Saturday's Darley July Cup at Newmarket.

The ante-post favourite claimed decisive length-and-a-quarter victory in the Commonwealth Cup, ahead of Flaming Rib, who has been who was supplemented at a cost of £36,000 on Monday by trainer Hugo Palmer.

Richard Fahey's Perfect Power bounced back from 2000 Guineas disappointment at Royal Ascot and now prepares to take on older horses for the first time in the six-furlong Group One feature.

The first three home in the Platinum Jubilee Stakes are set to clash again too, with Charlie Appleby's pair of Naval Crown and Creative Force - who were first and second respectively - in the mix along with fast-finishing Australian raider Artorius.

Happy Romance (seventh), Kinross (eighth) Alcohol Free (ninth), Double Or Bubble (10th) and Emaraaty Ana (15th) are others who could try their luck again.

Aidan O'Brien has two possibles to choose from in Cadamosto and New York City, while the Irish challenge is further enhanced by Edward Lynam's Romantic Proposal, winner of her only outing so far this year, and Twilight Jet who finished last of 20 in the Commonwealth Cup but had a valid excuse.

Wokingham seventh Blackrod could make the leap from handicap company, with the list completed by Japanese raider King Hermes for Yoshito Yahagi.

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