That 20-1 blow looks like a one-sided bet for the July Cup and why favorite Perfect Power could skip Newmarket

THIS week’s July Cup is the perfect example of the perils outpost bettors face.

The 7-4 Perfect Power favorite is by no means guaranteed to run and even if it does, you will surely get bigger than that on Saturday afternoon.

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Perfect Power would need a new jockey if they go to France for the Prix Jean PratCredit: Reuters

Look at the hero of Coral-Eclipse, Vadeni. All week he floated around the 6-4 mark and ended up winning at 11-4.

I like a good tickle at higher odds if you know your pick is going to pan out, but anyone attempting Perfect Power at this point needs to check their head.

The coach told me his star will face a key workout his morning before deciding where he’ll be heading.

The July Cup is an option, but so is Sunday’s Prix Jean Prat at Deauville, where the three-year-old would be kept apart from the older horses he would race against at Newmarket.

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Fahey said: “Nothing is decided yet. He’s just a real pain in the ass the two races that suit him the best are a day apart.

“He will work on Tuesday and we will go from there. I don’t shy away from anything but I want to do the best for the horse and give it the best chance.

“At the moment Christophe [Soumillon] I can’t ride if we go to France, so that’s another thing we’ll have to sort out.

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HAPPY ROMANCE can spread the love in Saturday’s July Cup (4.25). Its price is 20-1 in most places and it seems too big in an open group 1. Richard Hannon’s sprinter ran better than her seventh look at Ascot and she has every right to improve from that.

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