Who to back at York Races: Saturday, July 13 2013

All's set fair for a great John Smith's Cup meeting at York Racecourse. Photograph: YorkMix
12 Jul 2013 @ 9.37 am
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All's set fair for a great John Smith's Cup meeting at York Racecourse. Photograph: YorkMix
All’s set fair for a great John Smith’s Cup meeting at York Racecourse. Photograph: YorkMix

The tipsters' table, York Races, Saturday, July 13, 2013

Who's tipping what: scroll horizontally to see all the picks

RaceDick TurpinAt The RacesTelegraphSunDaily MailThe TimesGG.com
1.45The RectifierSnookyNorse BluesAnderiegoNine RealmsEutropiusNine Realms
2.20MontaserMontaserSongcraftMontaser (treble)GuaranteeMontaserMontaser
2.55Stencive (NB)NiceofyoutotellmeStar LahibNiceofyoutotellmeClon BruleeNiceofyoutotellme (nap)Niceofyoutotellme
3.30Heerat (Nap)HeeraatTangerine TreesHeeraatKingsgate ChoiceHeeraatKingsgate Choice
4.05The Grey GatsbyBahamian CBrazosBahamian CBahamian CBahamian CBahamian C
4.40Big Time BillyBig Time BillyBlue BajanBig Time BillyBig Time BillyBig Time BillyBig Time Billy
5.15NeighbotherMr MatthewsLanarkLanarkLanarkMr MatthewsSearchlight


Ever since it was first run in 1960, the John Smith’s Cup (2.55pm) has had a story to tell; 2011’s winner, Green Destiny, went on to win two Group 3 races including one on the Knavesmire.

Who will land the £150,000 prize and unique Wedgwood trophy this year? Use our tipsters’ table to guide you. Our own man in the know, Dick Turpin, has gone for Stencive.

In the past finding the answer has produced some of the biggest gambles to hit the bookmakers; the roar when the favourite hits the front is spine tingling.

To celebrate the occasion, RAF Linton-on-Ouse carry out a flypast over the Knavesmire using its Tucano aircraft. Look to the skies at 1.25pm this year.


From Friday, July 12

Who to back at York Races: Friday, July 12

The tipsters' table, York Races, Friday, July 12, 2013

Who's tipping what: scroll horizontally to see all the picks

RaceDick TurpinAt The RacesTelegraphSunDaily MailThe TimesGG.com
1.50Royal MezyanRoyal MezyanRoyal Mezyan (nb)Royal MezyanRoyal MezyanRoyal MezyanRoyal Mezyan
2.25RestiadargentRosdhu QueenBody And SoulRosdhu QueenBody And SoulBody And SoulRosdhu Queen
2.55Lord ClydeInnocentlyViva VerglasInnocentlyClassical DivaRosebay CoralViva Verglas
3.30Warlu Way (nb)KiwayuWarlu WayBridle BellBollin GretaNantonWarlu Way
4.05Lady GibraltarDemoraLady GibraltarDemoraDemoraPonty AcclaimDemora
4.40Size    MavenChristmas LightChristmas LightEltheebChanceryMaven
5.10Noble Deed (nap)Noble DeedLord AshleyNoble DeedNoble DeedNoble DeedNoble Deed


There’s a fascinating day’s racing in store at York.
Just the kind of challenge YorkMix‘s tipster Dick Turpin loves

As The John Smith’s Cup Meeting gets underway, Turpin has skilfully picked the best bets for all seven races. His nap selection is Noble Deed (in the 5.10) with Warlu Way (3.30) his next best.


Not much point in opposing the likely favourite, Royal Meyzan. William Haggas’s charge impressed with a sixth in the Norfolk Stakes, and this extra distance will suit. Watch the betting market for unknown quantity, the unraced Noble Asset. It could spring a surprise, having attracted attention at the sales. Looking for an exciting runner with an outside chance of a win? Consider Mick Channon’s impressive Deeds Not Words.



Don’t be surprised to see Haggas’s stablemates Rosdhu Queen and Restiadargent battling it out close home. There is little between them, so the smart money may be on Restiadargent, representing better value. It may come down to superior jockeyship, and Turpin’s cash will be on Tudhope, up on Restiadargent.



Viva Verglas will be all the rage. Rightly so, but this dandy highwayman doesn’t believe in following the crowd. I’ll be going large on Lord Clyde, who should represent excellent value in this small field.



It’s a brave punter who opposes a Tim Easterby runner trying to repeat a previous year’s success. So Bollin Greta will have her followers. The canny handicapper has given the eight-year-old mare a real chance off bottom weight, but surely there are at least two other runners that can beat her home. Black Bess has heard a stable whisper, well, more of a stable snort actually, about Warlu Way, trained by an Easterby too… but this time it’s Tim’s uncle Mick who I expect to take the honours. Last month’s Queen Mother’s Cup winner, Nanton, could prove to be the biggest danger.



Even reckless Dick Turpin has to advocate caution sometimes. So tread carefully on this tricky contest, which may provide a real opportunity for a decent-priced winner. Rock Of Gibraltar offspring Lady Gibraltar fits the bill in this five-furlong handicap. A decent case could also be made for several, including Demora, Ponty Acclaim, Fitz Flyer and Tax Free. Of those, the superior jockeyship of Robert Winston gives Ponty Acclaim the edge.



Will it be Helmsley or Malton? David O’Meara comes mob-handed with the likely favourite, Chancery, top weight Jo’Burg, and Almagest all representing his 60-horse yard at Helmsley Racing’s HQ at Nawton. But that 10st 6lb weight looks likely to pin Jo’Burg down by the time they enter the straight. With Almagest is a proposition for a place, Chancery is the one to beat. But Turpin reckons he is beatable, and Malton’s Richard Fahey may have the answer in Size. A fascinating contest in prospect… but don’t be surprised if Thirsk’s Dandy Nicholls spoils the party with Daddy Warbucks at very long odds.



If you’ve still got funds left by Race Seven, give me a call; I’d like to know your secret! Whatever is left in Turpin’s pocket come the off, all will be going on Noble Deed. Anything better than even money, and I’ll be plunging. Jontleman may pick up the minor place. Could round off a memorable treble for William Haggas.

Worth waiting for. Noble Deed is my bet of the day.
Next best is Warlu Way in the 3.30.