• 14:20 John Smith's Silver Cup Stakes 1m 6f

  • Winner £22,684 2nd £8,600 3rd £4,304 4th £2,144
  • Going: Good to Firm (Watered)
  • Surface: Turf


  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 2m 59.52s
  • Off time: 14:24:48
14:20 York Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Continuum 11/1
2nd Waila 6/4
3rd Great Hall 11/1


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 (2) 25-3639 Royal Blue, Red epaulets, striped cap Shwaiman (IRE) 23
4 10-0 J R Fanshawe T P Queally 104 8/19.00
2 (8) 1454-11 Royal blue Al Saham 14
5 9-11 h Saeed bin Suroor K Fallon 101 5/16.00
4 (4) 1195-95 Beige, grey epaulets Great Hall 156
Distance Winner
4 9-9 J J Quinn P Makin 99 11/112.00
5 (1) 1517-42 DARK BLUE, YELLOW cap Waila 20
Beaten Favourite
4 9-9 h Sir Michael Stoute R L Moore 99 6/42.50
6 (9) 574886 Dark blue, orange epaulets, white and orange hooped sleeves, dark blue cap, orange star Moment In Time (IRE) 7
5 9-8 D M Simcock Hayley Turner 98 14/115.00
7 (6) 21-0059 Royal blue, white cap Statutory (IRE) 21
4 9-8 Saeed bin Suroor Andrea Atzeni 98 10/111.00
8 (10) 266-449 Emerald Green, Yellow stars, hooped sleeves, White cap Continuum 21
5 9-6 P Hedger J Fanning 96 11/112.00
9 (5) 215-125 Dark Blue and White stripes, Red sleeves, White cap Debdebdeb 22
Beaten FavouriteDistance Winner
4 9-1 A M Balding M Dwyer 91 13/27.50
Non runners
3 (11)1160-92Nearly Caught (IRE)49-10H MorrisonD Tudhope100
10 (3)23-0404Body Language (IRE)69-0Ian WilliamsP McDonald90
11 (7)621Min Alemarat (IRE)38-1M BottiNon Runner92


Shwaiman performed with plenty of credit on his last visit to York but the handicapper's decision to raise him 7lb in the weights appears harsh and we reluctantly look elsewhere. A progressive sort has traditionally won this race and AL SAHAM fits the bill. Saeed Bin Suroor's five-year-old won his first two starts of the season in determined fashion, and if the rain stays away, he has to have every chance of continuing on an upward curve. Waila was a little disappointing at Pontefract on her latest start but there was a cogent excuse as the contest was staged at a muddling pace. Great Hall has a first run for John Quinn having left Brian Meehan and the market is accordingly watched. Min Alemarat gets plenty of weight as a three-year-old, and the value of his recent victory at Haydock was given a boost when the second obliged at Catterick earlier in the week.