The Matchbook Yorkshire Cup is the feature race on the final day of York’s May meeting on Friday afternoon. We will provide a Horse Racing tip, preview and prediction for this 1m 6f Group 2 contest, due to take place at 3.10pm.
We will also supply Horse Racing tips for two other races on the card, the extended 1m 2f Matchbook “Best Value” Exchange Handicap at 2.40pm and at 3.40pm the 7f Jigsaw Sports Branding Handicap.
Our Tip for the 2.40pm at York:
The David Menuisier-trained Blue Cup is likely to be all the rage here, as William Buick’s mount was an eyecatcher at Epsom last time in the hands of Ryan Moore, failing to get any kind of a run in fifth place behind Victory Chime.
Just how unlucky the grey five-year-old was is hard to assess. But the son of Kendargent may be sent off at a false price based on what he had achieved prior to that Epsom effort, only two runs of which came in this country.
The hard horse to weigh up is the William Haggas-trained Irish Admiral who, after winning a Dundalk maiden on his debut, finished third in a Listed race at Leopardstown before joining his current handler. Winning a minor contest at Wolverhampton (30/100) told us little about the gelding who could be well-in off a mark of 95.
2019 Diamond Jubilee Cup winner Pivoine has dropped to a very attractive mark of 92 now. But Jason Watson’s mount has failed to show anything like that kind of form since. At a double-figure price however, the horse who makes plenty of each-way appeal is Surrey Pride, from the stable of Joseph Tuite.
The mount of James Doyle won at both Newbury and Chester last year before running well in a competitive Newmarket handicap. Unsuited by the heavy ground when fifth on at Newbury on his next start, the Lope De Vega colt ended the year with a creditable seventh in the November Handicap and with conditions to suit, a big run is expected.
Our Tip for the 3.10pm at York:
Trainer Mark Johnston looks to have a stranglehold on this Group 2 contest with last season’s Ascot Gold Cup runner-up Nayef Road and Sir Ron Priestley, second behind Logician in the 2019 St Leger and unbeaten in both starts this season after missing all of 2020.
With a field of only five however, this could prove a tactical affair, as was the case in Wednesday’s Musidora won by Ballydoyle’s Snowfall who dictated the race from the front. It would be no surprise to see last year’s Irish Derby winner Santiago, from the same connections, attempt something similar, as the son of Authorized has already proved his stamina, having won the Queen’s Vase at Royal Ascot last year.
Beaten just over a length in the 2020 St Leger, the mount of Ryan Moore almost certainly needed his first run of the season at Navan last month and is fancied to come out on top with that run under his belt.
Our Tip for the 3.40pm at York:
Plenty of the 20 runners can be fancied in this wide-open seven furlong handicap, including Tom Collins, Boardman, Cassy 0 and Danielsflyer. However, the booking of Ryan Moore for the John Quinn-trained Highfield Princess takes the eye.
The Night Of Thunder filly did most of her running on the all-weather last year, winning three of her five starts, but did land a handicap at Ayr on turf last September.
On her final start of 2020, Highfield Princess ran well for a long way in a Listed race at Deauville and off a modest mark of 83 can make her presence felt in this Class 4 contest.
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