Yorkshire Cup Betting Tips – 18th April 2018
The Yorkshire Cup is the feature race of the final day of the Dante Festival at York. This 1m6f contest is usually contested by some high quality stayers and that’s certainly the case for the 2018 renewal.
It’s open only to horses aged four and older so we know plenty about those who hold entries for Friday’s contest but which of them will get the job done?
Past Five Winners
2017 – Dartmouth, aged 5, ridden by Ryan Moore, trained by Sir Michael Stoute
2016 – Clever Cookie, aged 8, ridden by P. J. McDonald, trained by Peter Niven
2015 – Snow Sky, aged 4, ridden by Ryan Moore, trained by Sir Michael Stoute
2014 – Gospel Choir, aged 5, ridden by Ryan Moore, trained by Sir Michael Stoute
2013 – Glen’s Diamond, aged 5, ridden by Tony Hamilton, trained by Richard Fahey
Stradivarius a Favourite Worth Backing
The Yorkshire Cup is the first leg of the Long Distance division of the British Champions Series. It is, therefore, a very important race for connections of the best stayers around and all of those connected to Stradivarius are confident he can prove his quality at York.
An impressive three-year-old season ended in disappointment for Stradivarius. The John Gosden trained colt fell short of expectations in both the St Leger and the British Champions Long Distance Cup. However, we think he should be forgiven for those performances as both came on ground which was softer than ideal for this son of Sea The Stars.
When Stradivarius gets firmer ground he is an incredibly strong stayer as proven last year with his wins in the Queen’s Vase at Royal Ascot and the Goodwood Cup.
The market also appears willing to forgive him for his end of season form but you can still get 11/10 with Coral about Stradivarius’ chances which is a price we recommend you take.
Count Octave Can Do the Business for Balding
Andrew Balding has a host of quality horses worth keeping an eye on this season. The strength of the horses at his yard means it’s interesting that Balding has been talking up Count Octave.
Balding believes the four-year-old has come on significantly over the winter and that the extra strength and size will help allow him to challenge for honours in this type of competitive Group 2 contest.
Count Octave’s most recent appearance ended in him finishing third of five at Newmarket. While that is a disappointment on paper, the 1m4f trip at Newmarket was just too short for him. 1m6f is much more like it.
As Balding steps Count Octave up in trip, he believes that the colt will also be able to be stepped up in terms of the class of his opponent. In that regard, the Yorkshire Cup is an important test and it’s one we think he will come out of well.
So, make sure to take the 10/1 that William Hill are quoting on Count Octave’s chances, even if an each-way bet looks the safest way to go.
Wicklow Brave Capable of Claiming a Place
Most National Hunt trainers are enjoying a bit of peace and quiet at the moment but not Willie Mullins. He has an entry in the Yorkshire Cup in the form of the versatile Wicklow Brave.
He would be the oldest winner in the long history of the Yorkshire Cup (it was first run back in 1927) but he has the pace and the stamina to be a real player on Friday. Wicklow Brave certainly offers appeal for a smaller stakes each-way bet at 14/1 with Betway.