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John Smith’s Silver Cup Stakes (Group 3)

  • Prize money: £48203.5
  • 1m 5f 188y
  • Class 1
  • 5 runners
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John Smith’s Silver Cup Stakes (Group 3)

Runners: 5 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Rain

8/13 (Won)

  • Win: £1.45
  • Place: £1.10

Form: 1212-1 CD

Last run: 65 days

W: 9st 3lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict

Won twice here in 2019; lightly raced in recent seasons but he was better than ever last term, including when second in the Irish St Leger, and resumed with a Group 3 win at Chester this May; kept to softer than good these days when on turf; very much the one to beat.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

1st

2

(3)

20th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 4f 0y

Class 1

13:30 Newbury

Hamish

9st 5lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: William Haggas

taken down early, steadied start, in rear

11/4

1st

2

(3)

3rd Nov 2023

Soft

1m 4f 0y

Class 1

13:25 Newmarket

Hamish

9st 9lb

J: Richard Kingscote

T: William Haggas

Pipped by Max Vega at level weights in this race at Newbury (unraced at Newmarket) last year on heavy; six Group 3 wins in total now following three more in an unbeaten 2023 campaign at Chester (1m5f), York (1m6f) and Goodwood (1m4f) and he looks set for another bold show.

10/11

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16/1

  • Place: £2.50

Form: 5/51-7

Last run: 25 days

W: 9st 0lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 103

Form & Verdict

Useful turf form for Aidan O'Brien; better when winning a 1m4f AW handicap in late December, in the midst of a higher-profile hurdles campaign; held up from wide draw in handicap at Royal Ascot and never got into it, probably running creditably; others in this Group 3 field have better form but he's considered for second.

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8th

3

(20)

26th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

1m 5f 188y

Class 2

15:35 York

Scriptwriter

9st 9lb

J: Clifford Lee

T: Milton Harris

Ex-Aidan O'Brien; has seen more action for current yard, mostly in a hurdles campaign but he's also made advances on the Flat; 10-1 for a five-runner Group 3 over C&D (good to soft, unraced on firmer than good) on latest start and he gave the odds-on favourite Hamish a scare, just in front of Tashkhan; up 3lb but he's a rising force.

12/1

2nd

3

(1)

15th Jul 2023

Good

1m 5f 188y

Class 1

15:45 York

Scriptwriter

9st 0lb

J: Clifford Lee

T: Milton Harris

Useful turf form for Aidan O'Brien; better when winning a 1m4f AW handicap in late December, in the midst of a higher-profile hurdles campaign; held up from wide draw in handicap at Royal Ascot and never got into it, probably running creditably; others in this Group 3 field have better form but he's considered for second.

16/1

7th

5

(15)

20th Jun 2023

Good

1m 6f 34y

Class 2

18:10 Ascot

Scriptwriter

9st 11lb

J: David Egan

T: Milton Harris

Promise at up to 1m2f during short Flat career for Aidan O'Brien; all but one of his runs for this yard have been over hurdles (won juvenile Grade 2), the exception a 1m4f AW win last December; this is tougher but he may have untapped potential at 1m6f; handles good/soft, unraced on good to firm.

25/1

9/2

Form: 543-34 D

Last run: 76 days

W: 9st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 108

Form & Verdict

Smart stayer, albeit yet to win out of handicap company and not in any race since July 2021; effective here and best results have been on softer than good (withdrawn in May and June when it was good to firm) but this trip is shorter than ideal.

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3rd

1

(15)

14th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 2f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Newmarket

Tashkhan

10st 2lb

J: Ben Robinson

T: Brian Ellison

Kept mostly to Listed/Group races for two years but he broke his long losing run in handicap at Chester (2m2f, soft) two weeks ago, wearing down Emiyn; 4lb penalty in this much more competitive race demands another step back up the ladder but the return to winning way still rates a positive, especially as it showed he can still grind out a good performance in the mud.

20/1

1st

1

(6)

30th Sep 2023

Soft

2m 2f 140y

Class 2

14:05 Chester

Tashkhan

9st 12lb

J: Ben Robinson

T: Brian Ellison

soon prominent, went second over 7f out, ridden over 3f out, led inside final furlong, kept on well

5/1

14th

5

(7)

26th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

1m 5f 188y

Class 2

15:35 York

Tashkhan

9st 9lb

J: Ben Robinson

T: Brian Ellison

No win since July 2021; while still a smart stayer, as shown by his front-running third in C&D Group 3 (good to soft) two starts back, the combination of firmer ground and trip this short make this look a tough task.

25/1

Form: 07-110 BF

Last run: 22 days

W: 9st 0lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 103

Form & Verdict

Disappointing favourite on good to firm at Royal Ascot but went there on a handicap hat-trick following convincing 1m4f wins at Kempton (AW) and Newmarket (good; ground changed to good to soft immediately after race); a second crack at 1m6f (tried it last September) is plausible and peak form makes him worth his place in this, albeit not so good as that of Hamish.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

14th

5

(6)

29th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 2f 42y

Class 2

16:10 Newcastle (AW)

Teumessias Fox

9st 9lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Andrew Balding

Has gained all handicaps wins over 1m4f, the most recent at Kempton (comfortably off 6lb lower) on latest start; combination of drop back in trip and career-high mark may stop him from following up.

8/1

1st

3

(9)

27th Jan 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 3f 219y

Class 2

19:30 Kempton (AW)

Teumessias Fox

9st 8lb

J: Callum Hutchinson

T: Andrew Balding

took keen hold, held up in rear

11/4

5th

3

(13)

1st Jan 2024

Standard

1m 2f 42y

Class 2

15:10 Newcastle (AW)

Teumessias Fox

9st 8lb

J: Harry Davies

T: Andrew Balding

Two 1m4f wins last spring and he's now only 2lb higher than for his comprehensive Newmarket success on the second occasion; creditable fifth in the November Handicap when last seen; can go well but he would appeal more over further.

8/1

Form: 230699 D

Last run: 25 days

W: 9st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 103

Form & Verdict

Fifth of 20 in the C&D Ebor last August; good runs at Meydan and Riyadh in February but out of sorts in his four runs since; no ground worries but he needs to refind the spark.

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No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

5th

3

(8)

27th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 4f 10y

Class 2

18:20 Ripon

Get Shirty

9st 7lb

J: David Nolan

T: David O’Meara

towards rear

12/1

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Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Hamish

RP RATINGS:

Hamish

TOPSPEED:

Hamish

POSTDATA:

Hamish

NEWMARKET:

Hamish

The Times:

Hamish

Telegraph:

Hamish

The Guardian:

Hamish

Daily Mail:

Hamish

D Express:

Hamish

Daily Mirror:

Hamish

The Sun:

Hamish

The Star:

Hamish

Daily Record:

Hamish