July Festival: Roman Soldier gets July Stakes nod
Roman Soldier has been backed to put in a strong performance in the July Stakes by trainer Jeremy Noseda.
The two-year-old Coventry Stakes runner-up is one of eight declarations for Thursday's race, including Windsor Castle Stakes winner Frederick Engels.
Noseda told BBC Radio Suffolk: "Roman Solider will be very competitive.
"I think it will be a tough race, he went well at Royal Ascot, he's in good form, a little bit of rain would be a help, but I'm sure he'll be bang on."
Roman Soldier, a likely entrant into next year's 2,000 Guineas, claimed a win for the Newmarket stable in the Oadby Maiden Stakes at Leicester in May.
It is form, combined with his Coventry Stakes performance, which has given Noseda heart ahead of the July Festival.
"The Coventry, at this time of year, you would normally say it's the best two-year-old race that's been run so far," he said.
"He showed as good a form as there is going into this race, but things change so much on two-year-olds at this time of year it's hard to know.
"He'll run a solid race and I'll keep my fingers crossed."
Noseda could also have two runners in Friday's Cherry Hinton Stakes, although he will make a late decision on whether to keep Regal Realm in the line-up.
But Illaunglass, a third-place finisher in the Albany Stakes at Ascot last month, is a definite entrant.
"Illaunglass ran well in the Albany on ground that didn't suit her, she'd be suited by no rain coming and quick ground," said Noseda.
"I think she'll go and run a really solid race in what is a competitive race, but I know she'll be in the shake up."