Tac heads Cup contenders

  • Last Updated: May 11 2014, 21:35 BST

Tac De Boistron heads 22 contenders for Friday's Sky Bet Yorkshire Cup at York.

Tac De Boistron: Goes for the Sky Bet Yorkshire Cup
Tac De Boistron: Goes for the Sky Bet Yorkshire Cup

The Marco Botti-trained seven-year-old would have to shoulder a 4lb penalty after his impressive five-length victory in the Sagaro Stakes on his reappearance at Ascot last month.

James Fanshawe's Seal Of Approval, winner of an Ascot Group One on her final start last term, also stands her ground for the Group Two feature and would be having her first outing in 2014.

Fanshawe also has High Jinx in contention, with John Gosden potentially double-handed with Brass Ring and Camborne.

Aidan O'Brien has El Salvador and Chester absentee Ernest Hemingway in contention for the two-mile heat, while Godolphin have two possible strings to their bow in last year's Lonsdale Cup hero Ahzeemah and Penglai Pavilion.

Other notable possibles include the Ed Dunlop-trained Times Up, twice a winner of the Doncaster Cup, and Gospel Choir, who claimed the Jockey Club Stakes for Sir Michael Stoute at the start of the month.

Tiger Cliff, winner of the Ebor last year when trained by Lady Cecil, could have his first start for Alan King after plans for a winter hurdles campaign were shelved.

Last year's winner Glen’s Diamond will be bidding to retain his crown and his trainer Richard Fahey said: “I’m really happy with him and it was always the plan to start off in the Sky Bet Yorkshire Cup.

“He’s got a fantastic record in the race having been second in 2012 and first last year and it would be great to win it again.

“His form tailed off last season and perhaps first time out is the best time to catch him, but it could be that he doesn’t want two miles.

“After the Sky Bet Yorkshire Cup I’m likely to drop him back in trip rather than go up again to two miles, but he’s in great form and it’s the perfect starting point.”

Sky Bet’s spokesman Michael Shinners said: “We are proud to be newly associated with the Sky Bet Yorkshire Cup and we are set for an excellent race looking at the entries.

“Mount Athos and Tac de Boistron head our ante-post betting for the race and it's hard to separate the duo on their best form. They are just two of the horses that could serve up a cracker on the Knavesmire next week."

Sky Bet Yorkshire Cup, sponsors bet: Mount Athos 6/1, Tac de Boistron 6/1, Ahzeemah 8/1, Gospel Choir 8/1, Cubanita 9/1, Ernest Hemingway 10/1, Seal Of Approval 10/1, Times up 11/1, Battalion 12/1, Cambourne 14/1, Glen's Diamond 14/1, High Jinx 14/1, Khione 14/1, Tiger Cliff 14/1, Biographer 16/1, Litigant 22/1, Brass Ring 25/1, El Salvador 25/1, Penglai Pavilion 25/1, Repeater 25/1, Sir Ector 33/1, Arr' Kid 100/1.

*Prices correct at 1330BST on May 10. For up-to-date odds please click on the link above.