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Although the 2019/20 jump season hasn’t even yet begun, attentions are already turning to next summer, with Newmarket Racecourse announcing the sale of tickets to its Moet & Chandon July Festival. Newmarket’s July Course plays host to two Group 1 races during the summer months and the eyes of the horse racing world fixate on the “home of British horseracing”. The Jockey Club has confirmed that ticket prizes from the 2019 July Festival have been frozen for next summer’s event until 16th December.

Tickets are available from just £16 for both the Darley July Cup day and Ladies’ Day. Garden Enclosure tickets can be snapped up for £16, which is a very popular place for families to sit down and enjoy a picnic in the Suffolk sunshine. Aside from Ladies’ Day, the Darley July Cup is arguably one of the biggest races listed on any weekday or weekend racecard throughout July. In fact, it’s widely regarded as Europe’s number-one sprint race of the calendar.

Explore the two lavish experiences available at Newmarket’s July Festival

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First and foremost, the July Course hosts a Moet & Chandon White Party during the Friday and Saturday. As part of its hospitality, racegoers are required to dress up in their finest white outfits to celebrate the highlight of the summer racing season in the most indulgent surroundings. Although some might baulk at the £150 ticket price, let’s delve deeper into what this hospitality package covers.

It all begins with an ice champagne reception on arrival. You’ll receive a hospitality/premier admission wristband which gives you exclusive access to almost all areas of the racecourse. You’ll have plenty of time before the racing begins to devour a picnic fork buffet and afternoon tea, accompanied by another three glasses of Moet & Chandon champagne. You’ll then hotfoot it to view the racing action, complete with your complimentary racecards to keep you well-informed of each race. Once the racing has finished, the party only just begins. You’ll have exclusive access to a DJ after-party at the racecourse, complete with a cash bar.

If you thought that was as opulent as it gets at Newmarket’s July Course, think again. There’s also the Moet & Chandon Dining Experience available to racegoers, for a cool £498 per head. Yes, that’s right, there’s no decimal point! Upon arrival at the Trackside Pavilions, you’ll receive a glass of Moet & Chandon champagne, accompanied by an Amuse Bouche. Guests are then served a three-course meal, complete with a different Moet & Chandon glass of fizz to accompany every course. If you still have room to eat, there’s an afternoon tea served just before the races. All drinks are complimentary throughout the day, including as much Moet & Chandon Brut Imperial Champagne as your heart desires. These tickets also entitle you to an exclusive Tote betting facility, which is handy given that you will be trackside and on the opposite side to the betting terminals and Grandstand.

The drama from the Darley July Cup 2019

For several weeks and months, Advertise had been the clear favourite to win this summer’s Darley July Cup. It started the race as the 3/1 outright favourite, but there was significant interest in Aidan O’Brien’s Ten Sovereigns. The night before the race, Ten Sovereigns was available at 10/1 but overnight money saw his price plummet to 9/2 before the off. With Ryan Moore on the saddle, Ten Sovereigns lived up to his pre-race billing, eating up the fast ground and travelling well from the outset. He eventually picked up and won the race a comfortable two-and-three-quarter lengths clear of Advertise, with his stablemate Fairyland also finishing a respectable third. It was yet another successful afternoon for Aidan O’Brien who further cemented his reputation as one of the world’s finest trainers.

Needless to say there will undoubtedly be more drama in next summer’s July Cup. Newmarket remains the premier racecourse for the pomp and ceremony of flat racing in the UK. If you’ve never been before, put Newmarket’s July Festival on your 2020 bucket list!