Victory Bond can hand Haggas victory in York showpiece

Saturday 15th July, 2017 - 3:05pm York - John Smith's Cup

All eyes maybe on Newmarket for their final day of the July meeting on Saturday afternoon, but York will host a top notch Flat card as well, and one of their feature races is the ultra-competitive John Smith's Cup, which will see a field of 22 runners head to the 1m 2f 56y start, and at 7/1 the field with the bookmakers it's setting be a real punting head-scratcher.

  • Master Carpenter won this race in 2015
  • The last three winners have carried 9st 4lbs or more
  • Snoano was a Royal Ascot winner last month

Saturday 15th July - 3.05pm OddsWon/LostBet
John Smith's Cup    
Tips Victory Bond    Best Bet @ 10 / 1  

Fancied Contenders

Jeremy Noseda's Sixties Groove was sent off favourite for the Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes at Royal Ascot last month, but could only finish fifth, as he struggled to reel in the leaders in the closing stages, but the 7/1 shot with Betfred could still have potential off a mark of 98, and has to be a leading challenger here.

Sir Michael Stoute's Ballet Concerto was another seen at the Royal meeting, and he wasn't disgraced when fourth in the Royal Hunt Cup, but the 9/1 chance with bet365 may not relish the step up in trip, and may struggle, but one that could enjoy the step up in trip is the William Haggas-trained Victory Bond, who at 10/1 with Betfred is a cracking bet.

Lightly-raced, this four-year-old was last seen at York finishing sixth in the 2016 Dante Stakes, and while he has had his injury issues he made a pleasing comeback when third in a Listed event over seven furlongs at York, and a return to a longer trip, and also another crack on the Knavesmire he could storm to success in this cracking betting heat.

Major Players

Tim Easterby's Snoano was a superb winner of the Wolferton Handicap at Royal Ascot last month, and the 16/1 chance with bet365 has to be given huge respect here, but a 5lb penalty could see him stopped in his tracks, and the one that makes more appeal is Big Country, who struggled last time out in the Old Newton Cup, but had previously won at York, and at 10/1 with Sky Bet is a solid each-way player.

Of the others towards the head of the betting, Roger Varian's Uae Prince is still fairly lightly-raced, and is interesting off a mark of 97, and is respected at 12/1 with Betfred, with the top-weighted Scarlet Dragon (16/1) another intriguing runner in a fascinating handicap conundrum.

Best Of The Rest

Rod Millman's Master Carpenter blows more cold than hot, but he was a winner at York two starts ago, and also won this race in 2015, so at 16/1 with most firms could be worth taking a chance on to at least sneak in the frame, while the likes of Central Square (20/1 with bet365) and Bravery (20/1 with Betfred) add more depth to a race that is sure to be one of the most competitive betting races of the day.

2017 John Smith's Cup Odds

Posted: Friday, 14th July 2017
Author: Steve Chambo

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