The richest ever running of the famous John Smith’s Cup raceday will see £385,000 on offer.

A massive £200K is the prize to the winner of the feature race itself – being run for the 59th year.

But who does our tipster Dick Turpin believe will take the trophy?


Nineteen runners, ten furlongs and a purse of £124,500 for the winner, writes tipster Turpin. It’s the spectacular John Smith’s Cup (3.40), one of the greatest handicap races on the planet.

The bad news for tipsters is that more than half of today’s 20 combatants have a serious chance of making the frame. Preference is for the hugely impressive Ascot and Epsom winner Dash Of Spice to come good again.

But connections of David Menuisier’s five-year-old grey, Thundering Blue, believe the gelding is in with a great chance following his bold Dante win in May. Across Dubai, Appeared, Kynren and What’s The Story all have each-way claims too.

It’s unusual to see a horse of the potential of He’Zanarab in a lowly auction stakes (4.50). Strong word reaches me from the Richard Hannon yard about the youngster’s prospects.

It’s The Marlborough trainer’s only runner today, and Wiltshire to Knavesmire is a long trip just for a run out. The booking of ever-reliable Dane O’Neill is another strong pointer too. Get on early if you can.

Turpin’s tips

1.55

Win: Muthmir
Place: Stone Of Destiny
Longshot: El Astronaute

2.35

Win: Dal Harraild
Place: Dylan Mouth

3.10

Win: Bless Him
Place: Get Knotted
Longshot: Baraweez

3.40

Win: Dash Of Spice (nb)
Place: Thundering Blue
Longshot: Appeared

4.15

Win: Humble Hero
Place: Northwest Frontier
Longshot: Master Archer

4.50

Win: He’Zanarab (nap)
Place: Dark Vision
Longshot: Absolute Dream

5.20

Win: Posh Perfect