Yorkshire Cup Preview: Tips, Betting Offers and Odds, 3.30 at York, 18 May 2018
The Cheltenham Festival and the Grand National are well behind us and the Flat season is well and truly here and in May each year York plays host to one of the top events of the season for stayers. Read on for our betting tips and some of the best odds and offers available surrounding the Yorkshire Cup.
Held as part of the Dante meeting at York, this 1m6f Group 2 event, for runners aged four and older, has been run at the track since 1927. With £150,000 in total prize money now on offer, this is one of the season’s premier targets for those horses who boast stamina as their forte.
Yorkshire Cup Betting Tips
Odds correct at the time of writing and are subject to change.
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Yorkshire Cup 2018 Betting Tips and Race Preview
The Dante Festival at York has produced some excellent contests and we have more of the same in prospect on its final day. The highlight of Thursday’s action is the Yorkshire Cup, a Group 2 for horses aged four and older. Run over one mile, six furlongs, this is the first race in the British Champions Series Long Distance division and it’s therefore no surprise that several quality horses have made their way to York.
Stradivarius the Worthy Favourite
Stradivarius was well fancied by many when he contested the St Leger last season. It was not to be for John Gosden’s colt who could only finish third but there is no doubt that the ground hurt his chances. The same was true on Champions Day at Ascot where he hit a damaging flat patch on the soft ground.
Those two disappointments have not dampened the enthusiasm around Stradivarius who looks to be one of the leading stayers around. The four-year-old is to be targeted at the Ascot Gold Cup and will be a major player in the biggest staying races all season. Reports from the yard suggest that he’s been staying very impressively in training and back on the firmer ground that he relishes, we should see the Stradivarius return to the form that saw him win the Queen’s Vase and the Goodwood Cup.
He’s a very strong favourite at the head of the market but Stradivarius is still available at a very fair price of 11/10 with Bet365 and should get the job done without too much fuss.
Balding Horse Ready to Kick On
Andrew Balding has a strong string of horses in his yard so it is interesting that he has picked out Count Octave as having particularly impressed over the winter. The son of Frankel finished as the runner up to Stradivarius in the Queen’s Vase at Ascot and, according to Balding, has become significantly stronger over the winter months.
Count Octave made his seasonal reappearance with a win on the all weather at Wolverhampton but never really looked like beating either Defoe or Red Verdon last time out at Newmarket. Don’t read too much into that performance though as one mile, four furlongs was too short for him. Balding believes that Count Octave will continue to improve as he’s entered into races of longer trips and greater class. This is a big test to see just how far he can go but it may well be worth backing him each way at a tempting price of 12/1 with RaceBets.
Old Stager Can Have an Impact
Willie Mullins has had some wonderful horses over the years but he especially fond of Wicklow Brave as the nine-year-old has given him greats days out in both National Hunt and Flat racing meetings.
Wicklow Brave was last seen finishing second over hurdles in Punchestown but he is a versatile horse in terms of distance, going and types of racing. Therefore, he could be too big to ignore for a small stakes each way bet at 20/1 with RaceBets.
Yorkshire Cup Previous Winners
- 2017 – Dartmouth – jockey Ryan Moore, trainer Sir Michael Stoute
- 2016 – Clever Cookie – jockey PJ McDonald, trainer Peter Niven
- 2015 – Snow Sky – jockey Ryan Moore, trainer Sir Michael Stoute
- 2014 – Gospel Choir – jockey Ryan Moore, trainer Sir Michael Stoute
- 2013 – Glen’s Diamond – jockey Tony Hamilton, trainer Richard Fahey
- 2012 – Red Cadeaux – jockey Tom McLaughlin, trainer Ed Dunlop
- 2011 – Duncan – jockey William Buick, trainer John Gosden
- 2010 – Manifest – jockey Tom Queally, trainer Henry Cecil
- 2009 – Ask – jockey Ryab Moore, trainer Sir Michael Stoute
- 2008 – Geordieland – jockey Shane Kelly, trainer Jamie Osborne
- 2007 – Sergeant Cecil – jockey Jimmy Fortune, trainer Rod Millman
- 2006 – Percussionist – jockey Darryll Holland, trainer Howard Johnson
Yorkshire Cup History
There are reports of this race being run earlier, but 1927 is the year when it first really established itself as a regular fixture in the racing calendar. The early conditions of the race were, however, markedly different from those in evidence today, being as it was a handicap contest run over a trip of two miles. The race did not in fact become a conditions event until after the Second World War, but barring the 1951 edition it has remained that way ever since. The current distance of 1m6f was introduced in 1966 and Group 2 status soon followed in 1971. The prestige of this race was further recognised in 2011 when it was included in the staying division of the British Champions Series.
Being run over the same trip as Doncaster’s St Leger, it is to be expected that winners of that Classic contest should fare well in this event. Six previous St. Leger winners have won this race including Classic Cliché in 1996 and Millenary in 2004.
2001 winner Marienbard must be near the top of the list when it comes to achievements after winning here. The Godolphin inmate went on to score three times at Group 1 level, including when landing a shock in the 2002 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, with superstars High Chaparral and Sulamani amongst the horses unable to reel him in.
Given the fact this race has been with us for over 80 years now, it is a little surprising that only one horse has managed to win the race more than once. That horse was Ardross. Formerly trained in Ireland, he experienced most of his success following a move to Henry Cecil’s Newmarket operation. During his time with Cecil, this stout stayer certainly seemed to develop a habit for collecting cups. In addition to his two victories here in 1981 and 1982, Ardross also won the Jockey Club Cup, the Goodwood Cup, the Doncaster Cup and the prestigious Ascot Gold Cup at Royal Ascot twice.
The jockey aboard Ardross for his two wins in this race was 11 times champion, Lester Piggott. Piggott included eight wins in this race amongst his many career victories, making him the most successful jockey in the history of the Yorkshire Cup.
In addition to Ardross, Henry Cecil also won this with Verd-Antique and Manifest, but it is another Cecil who leads the way amongst the training ranks. The Cecil in question is one Cecil Boyd-Rochfort who won the race seven times over a 34 year period from 1931 to 1965. Both of these astonishing records seem unlikely to be broken anytime soon.