• 14:00 John Smith's Handicap6f

  • Winner: £
  • Going: Good to Firm
  • Surface: Turf


  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 1m 10.43s
  • Off time: 14:03:56
14:00 York Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Hotham 20/1
2nd Discanti (IRE) 11/1
3rd Gap Princess (IRE) 10/1


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
2 (5) 1-11413 Gold and Black check, Pink sleeves and cap Tiddliwinks 105
Beaten FavouriteDistance Winner
4 9-11 K A Ryan J P Spencer 93 8/19.00
3 (13) 030160 Royal Blue, Pink chevron, armlets and star on cap Hotham 13
Course WinnerDistance Winner
7 9-9 N Wilson Barry McHugh (3) 91 20/121.00
4 (15) 5-02055 White, Dark Blue hollow box, checked sleeves and cap Saucy Brown (IRE) 35
4 9-7 D Nicholls P M Quinn 89 10/111.00
5 (1) 136165/ Dark Blue and Emerald Green (halved), sleeves reversed, Yellow cap Marvellous Value (IRE) 659
Distance Winner
5 9-6 M Dods P Makin 88 12/113.00
6 (10) 99-0309 Dark Blue, White cap Courageous (IRE) 38
4 9-5 v1 B Smart T Eaves 87 16/117.00
7 (7) 426111 Black, maroon seams, chevrons on sleeves, black cap Cornus 4 (ex6)
Distance Winner
8 9-5 be A J McCabe Declan Cannon (5) 81 8/19.00
8 (14) 222060 White, Dark Blue striped sleeves, Dark Blue and Yellow hooped cap Internationaldebut (IRE) 35
Course WinnerDistance Winner
5 9-4 P T Midgley M Fenton 86 12/113.00
9 (12) 33-2100 Pink and white stripes, hooped sleeves, white cap Atlantic Story (USA) 14
8 9-3 bt M W Easterby K Fallon 85 12/113.00
10 (3) 0381-11 WHITE, large BLACK spots, BLACK cap Harlech Castle 151
Distance Winner
5 9-0 b J R Boyle R L Moore 82 9/110.00
11 (2) 983312 LIGHT BLUE, ORANGE epaulets Red Cape (FR) 4
Distance Winner
7 9-0 Mrs R Carr R Winston 82 5/16.00
12 (9) 213076 Dark Green and Yellow (quartered), halved sleeves, Red cap Discanti (IRE) 22
Distance Winner
5 8-13 t T D Easterby T E Durcan 81 11/112.00
13 (4) 51-4151 Black and white stripes, yellow cap Gap Princess (IRE) 10
Distance Winner
6 8-12 G A Harker S De Sousa 80 10/111.00
14 (8) 549077 Maroon, Yellow spots, Yellow cap, Maroon spots River Falcon 14
Course WinnerDistance Winner
10 8-8 J S Goldie C Catlin 75 16/117.00
15 (6) 201-263 YELLOW, royal blue stars, striped sleeves, yellow cap Elusive Sue (USA) 17
Beaten FavouriteDistance Winner
3 8-4 R A Fahey P Hanagan 78 11/112.00
Non runners
1 (11)787-217Tajneed (IRE)79-13D NichollsM Geran95


Cornus is on a real roll but he might be vulnerable under his latest penalty so preference is for INTERNATIONALDEBUT ahead of Red Cape and Elusive Sue. Paul Midgley's charge is a course winner and has been dropped in the weights for his latest flop at Doncaster. The shorter trip today will suit and with his second to Castles In The Air at Pontefract in April reading well he is expected to go close. If his hold-up style of racing leaves him out of luck late on, it may be Cornus who takes advantage. He is another who needs a strong pace to chase but he tends to lay up a bit handier than the selection and even at the age of seven he looks to be improving. Harlech Castle is another chasing a fourth win in a row and is respected with Ryan Moore booked for the ride however all of his improvement has come at Southwell, Red Cape was a gallant second to Cornus at Pontefract and should be better suited by this track, whilst Atlantic Story needs a market check as this well-handicapped horse has Keiren Fallon on-board for the first time. Gap Princess is two from three recently but she looks a Catterick specialist, River Falcon needs rain and lots of luck, whilst Elusive Sue is better than she showed at Carlisle last time out and is respected on this easy track over six furlongs. The visored-first-time Courageous is tremendously well-handicapped, Marvellous Value has been off the track for an age, whilst Saucy Brown and Tajneed are respected for David Nicholls but both may have different targets later in the year. With the consistent Tiddliwinks respected back from a break and potentially very well-handicapped back on the turf, it is only tentatively that we side with Internationaldebut.