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Qipco Yorkshire Cup (British Champions Series) (Group 2) 1m 6f

  • (4yo+, 1m 6f, Class 1, 8 runners)
  • Winner £79,394 2nd £30,100 3rd £15,064 4th £7,504 5th £3,766 6th £1,890
  • Going: Soft, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 3m 1.39s
  • Off time: 14:45:25
Full result
Result 14:45 York
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 5 Glen's Diamond 25/1
2nd 8 Top Trip nse 11/4f
3rd 2 Royal Diamond 11/1
  • Last Updated: May 16 2013, 13:20 BST

Connections of Guarantee are hoping the application of blinkers will reignite the William Haggas-trained four-year-old's enthusiasm in the Qipco Yorkshire Cup at York on Friday.

Guarantee: Worked well in blinkers
Guarantee: Worked well in blinkers

He showed little sparkle when sixth to Universal in the John Porter Stakes at Newbury, having been well beaten in the St Leger on his final start as a three-year-old.

However, he had looked a highly promising young stayer when winning the Melrose Handicap over this course and distance last August.

"He will wear blinkers as he seemed to get very lazy and lacklustre at Newbury, but he has worked very well with blinkers on in the meantime," said owners Highclere Thoroughbred Racing's managing director Harry Herbert.

"He has won on the course in the Melrose. We hope ground conditions will be OK for him. He wouldn't want very quick ground, but it should be fine.

"William's (Haggas) horses are in great form and hopefully we will see a different Guarantee to the one we saw at Newbury."

Glen's Diamond put up probably a career-best performance in finishing second to Red Cadeaux in this race 12 months ago and his trainer Richard Fahey believes nothing less will do.

The son of Intikhab was disappointing in all his four subsequent starts last year and has to redeem himself as he begins the 2013 campaign.

"He needs to get back to the form he showed when he was second in this race last year to have a chance," said Fahey.

"It's a good little race and the owner is keen to run his horse in it so we will let him take his chance.

"We gave him an early break after his last run in September as he'd been on the go a long time and had been to Dubai earlier in the year."

Mark Johnston "I thought he stepped up a lot from his first to his second race of the season and he's going to have to improve again for this, but that isn't impossible."
Mark Johnston

Francois Doumen has had great success on these shores with the likes of jumping stars Baracouda and The Fellow and sent over Siyouma to win the Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket last September.

The French trainer saddles Top Trip, who was fifth in both the Prix du Jockey Club and Grand Prix de Paris last summer.

The four-year-old made an encouraging return to action when sixth to Maxios in the Prix d'Harcourt over a mile and a quarter at Longchamp last month.

"He hadn't run since the Arc weekend last year because I didn't want to run him on soft ground. We had to wait for better ground on his comeback race," said Doumen.

"Although at first glance his run doesn't look that good, if you look at the horses that finished just in front of him it wasn't bad at all.

"He won the Prix Hocquart last year and was fifth in the French Derby and the Grand Prix de Paris. He is a solid horse without being a big star.

"He has hardened up over the winter and I consider him a better horse than last year. I think he prefers longer than the mile and a half, but how far he can go, I don't know yet. I don't want any soft in the ground as he is a good-ground horse."

Mark Johnston was pleased with Sir Graham Wade's latest effort in finishing third to Estimate in the Sagaro Stakes at Ascot.

It was a big improvement from his slightly disappointing fifth to Testosterone at Nottingham on his reappearance.

"I thought he stepped up a lot from his first to his second race of the season and he's going to have to improve again for this, but that isn't impossible," said Johnston.

Niall McCullagh "I'm looking forward to riding him. I think he'll put up a good show. He seems in good form, he's very working well and a drop of rain will help him. I know it's a good race but I'm looking forward to the challenge."
Niall McCullagh

Hughie Morrison's Quiz Mistress was runner-up to Universal from the Johnston stable in the John Porter at Newbury and the East Ilsley trainer is hoping for another sound display.

"She ran a cracking race at Newbury and shows she's improved from four to five," said Morrison.

"We're happy with her, she's a difficult horse to win with but she deserves to take her chance. I hope they get a shower or two. The ground on Wednesday there would have been fine for her."

Royal Diamond, the sole Irish challenger, ran a tremendous race over this course and distance last August when second to Willing Foe in the Ebor.

The Tommy Carmody-trained seven-year-old went one better in the Irish St Leger a month later and was tried highly when seventh in the Dubai Sheema Classic at Meydan in March.

Jockey Niall McCullagh has a good record on the horse and is looking forward to being back in the plate after Johnny Murtagh was aboard in Dubai.

"He's been great to me. I was just beat in the Ebor then won the Irish Leger on him. He's a horse I like and I get on well with him," said McCullagh.

"I'm looking forward to riding him. I think he'll put up a good show. He seems in good form, he's very working well and a drop of rain will help him. I know it's a good race but I'm looking forward to the challenge."

Saeed bin Suroor "His last piece of work went well and he looks fresh and happy the moment. He won over this course and distance last year and I am hopeful of another good performance."
Saeed bin Suroor

Ed Dunlop took this race 12 months ago with Red Cadeaux and has an interesting runner this year in Joshua Tree.

The six-year-old entire has won at the highest level for Aidan O'Brien and Marco Botti and makes his debut for the Newmarket handler.

Coincidentally, Joshua Tree's last racecourse appearance was in the Hong Kong Vase at Sha Tin in December when he was ninth behind Red Cadeaux.

"It's his first run for us. He had a successful though long season last year so we gave him a good break and didn't take him to Dubai," said Dunlop.

"He has a Group One penalty, but we will see how we get on. He's a lovely old horse and hopefully he'll be successful this year.

"He had a successful, but long, campaign for Marco (Botti) last year, so he has had a good holiday since. He is in really good form and is a class horse."

Saeed bin Suroor has won this race five times and the Godolphin trainer is responsible for Cavalryman, who claimed the Dubai Gold Cup at Meydan on his latest start.

"Cavalryman ran two very nice races at Meydan and we gave him a little break afterwards," Bin Suroor told www.godolphin.com.

"His last piece of work went well and he looks fresh and happy the moment. He won over this course and distance last year and I am hopeful of another good performance."


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