Pekan Star heads the market at 5/1 for the John Smith’s Cup at York, running on Sat 9th July, whilst Dance And Dance, King Of Jazz and Manassas share favouritism at 10/1 for the 32Red Bunbury Cup after totesport opened their book on the two big handicaps this weekend.
A total of 43 horses were left in the John Smith’s Cup at the latest declaration stage and it is Roger Varian’s course winner who heads the market ahead of 7/1 shot Quest For Peace. The trio of Beachfire, Green Destiny and Slumber are all priced at 8/1 and are followed in the betting by 10/1 chance Lost In The Moment.
“Roger Varian can’t put a foot wrong at the moment and it’s not surprising to see Pekan Star head the market for the John Smith’s Cup given the manner of his victory on the Knavesmire in May,” said totesport spokesman George Primarolo.
The 32Red Bunbury Cup has a total of 47 horses left in with Dance Of Dance, King Of Jazz and Manassas the 10/1 co-favourites of three. Entitled, Our Jonathan and The Confessor are all next in the market at 12/1 whilst it’s 14/1 bar that sextet.
“Dance And Dance didn’t get the luck in running he needed to land the Hunt Cup at Ascot last time out but he’s clearly in great heart and a similar performance will see him go close in Saturday’s Bunbury Cup,” said totesport spokesman George Primarolo.
Looking ahead to Saturday’s Darley July Cup at Newmarket, Bated Breath has been popular following the latest declaration stage and is now 7/1 (from 9/1) with totesport. Delegator remains the 7/2 favourite.
The 32Red Bunbury Cup – totesport bet: 10 Dance And Dance, King Of Jazz, Manassas, 12 Entitled, Our Jonathan, The Confessor, 14 Bay Knight, Docofthebay, Excellent Guest, Namecheck, Nasri, Red Gulch, Shamandar, Striking Spirit, 16 Angels Pursuit, Bronze Prince, Fathsta, Imperial Guest, Mont Agel, Swift Gift, 20 Al Khaleej, Brae Hill, Crown Choice, Fireback, Hamlool, Imperial Djay, Lovelace, Man Of Action, Shropshire, Space Station, 25 Chosen Character, Dhaular Dhar, Everymanforhimself, King Of Dixie, Masked Dance, Mon Cadeaux, Nazreef, 33 Below Zero, Captain Ramius, Dukes Art, First Cat, Kingscroft, Mr David, Noble Citizen, Reignier, Rulesnregulations, Vitznau.
John Smith’s Cup – totesport bet: 5 Pekan Star, 7 Quest For Peace, 8 Beachfire, Green Destiny, Slumber, 10 Lost In The Moment, 12 Modun, 14 Sarrsar, Tepmokea, 16 All Action, Constant Contact, Fanditha, Our Joe Mac, Point North, 20 Demolition, Diescentric, Kings Gambit, Malthouse, Nanton, Pleasant Day, Prince Of Johanne, Saptapadi, 25 Anmar, Desert Romance, Distant Memories, Jutland, Kay Gee Be, Moyenne Corniche, Pintura, Vainglory, 28 Arlequin, 33 Breakheart, Crystal Gal, Ingleby Spirit, Merchant Of Dubai, Mirrored, Sam Sharp, Smarty Socks, War Poet, 40 Gritstone, Joburg, Little Rocky, 50 Ramona Chase.
Darley July Cup – totesport bet: 7/2 Delegator, 6 Elzaam, Star Witness, 7 (from 9) Bated Breath, 12 Dream Ahead, Zoffany, 14 Monsieur Chevalier, 16 Dalghar, War Artist, 20 Genki, Regal Parade, 25 Amico Fritz, Hitchens, Oracle, 33 Libranno, Swiss Diva, 50 Royal Rock, 66 Jimmy Styles, Winker Watson.