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.
Place: Stone Of Destiny
Longshot: El Astronaute
Win: Dal Harraild
Place: Dylan Mouth
Win: Bless Him
Place: Get Knotted
Win: Dash Of Spice (nb)
Place: Thundering Blue
Win: Humble Hero
Place: Northwest Frontier
Longshot: Master Archer
Win: He’Zanarab (nap)
Place: Dark Vision
Longshot: Absolute Dream
Win: Posh Perfect
From July 13, 2018 8.20 am
Who’ll win at York Races? Tips for the John Smith’s Meeting 2018, Day 1
The tipsters’ table, York Races, Friday, July 13, 2018Who's tipping what: scroll horizontally to see all the picks
|Tipster/ race||Dick Turpin||Sun||Mirror||Daily Mail||Times||Telegraph||Guardian||Sporting Life||At The Races||GG.co.uk|
|2.05||Baldwin||Baldwin||Flawless Jewel||Flawless Jewel||Baldwin||Chynna||Baldwin||Diamond Oasis||World Order||World Order|
|2.40||Mister Belvedere||Mukhayyam||Pacify||Pacify||Contango||Mister Belvedere||Mukhayyam||Mukhayyam||Mukhayyam||Pacify|
|3.15||Pretty Baby (nap)||Pretty Baby||Pretty Baby (nap)||Could It Be Love||Pretty Baby||Could it Be Love (nb)||Could It Be Love||Main Desire||Pretty Baby||Could It Be Love|
|3.50||Jahaafel||Jahaafel||Everything For You||Delph Crescent||Give It Some Teddy||Give It Some Teddy||Delph Crescent||Delph Crescent||Jahaafel||Jahaafel|
|4.25||Oona||Oberyn Martell||Kodyanna||Oberyn Martell||Oona||Oberyn Martell||Oberyn Martell||Kodyanna||Oona||Oberyn Martell|
|5.00||Fendale||Tylery Wonder||Tylery Wonder||Harome||Wirral Girl||Fendale||Harome||Henley||Orvar||Orvar|
|5.30||Byron's Choice (nb)||International Man||Byron's Choice||Byron’s Choice||Prestbury Park||International Man||Red Cymbal||Byron's Choice||Byron's Choice||Byronʼs Choice|
It’s one of the big meetings of the season – and the weather is set to be as hot as the sporting action.
With temperatures forecast to reach 28°C on both days of the John Smith’s Meeting, York Racecourse has relaxed its dress code in the County Stand.
“Gentlemen can leave their jackets at home, though a collared shirt and tie is still required,” officials say.
So which horses should get punters hot under the collar? Over to YorkMix racing pundit Dick Turpin…
Today’s feature race, the William Hill Summer Stakes for fillies (3.15) poses a fascinating conundrum for punters, writes tipster Turpin.
Does the tremendous form of Aidan O’Brien’s Could It Be Love’s second in the one mile Irish 1,000 Guineas trump the promising displays of the always improving Pretty Baby from William Haggas’ yard?
Could It Be Love was only just caught close home in her subsequent race over seven furlongs. Now this drop to six furlongs gives her an exceptional chance. But, having seen Pretty Baby trot up nicely at Nottingham in May, narrow preference is for the Haggas filly.
Every race is a step up, and so far, she has answered every question asked of her. Could It Be Love might be much more highly rated at 112, than her rival on 102; but that mark looks to be her peak, but Pretty Baby may have much more to come.
Byron’s Choice comes here following impressive wins at Catterick and Ayr for Michael Dods. Promising youngster Callum Rodriguez’s can no longer claim a weight advantage, but his growing skill should compensate for that.
It’s his only ride of the day and could complete a double for the Darlington-based trainer if Mister Belvedere obliges in the second race (2.40) with Paul Mulrennan aboard.
Place: Flawless Jewel
Win: Mister Belvedere
Win: Pretty Baby (nap)
Place: Could It Be Love
Longshot: Marie Of Lyon
Place: Delph Crescent
Place: Oberyn Martell
Win: Byron’s Choice (nb)
Place: Inviolable Spirit