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  • 15:10 50th John Smith's Cup Heritage Handicap1m 2f 88y

  • £150,000 added 3yo+ 18 ran
  • Winner: £
  • Going: Good, Good to Firm in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 2m 7.18s
  • Off time: 15:11:54

Sirvino Streaks To Cup Glory

By Keith Hamer, Press Association Sport.   Last Updated: 12/07/09 8:44am

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Sirvino wins the John Smith's Cup.

Sirvino wins the John Smith's Cup.

Sirvino completed his rags-to-riches story by taking his unbeaten record this season to five in the 50th John Smith's Cup at York.

Thirsk trainer David Barron paid just £3,000 for the horse as a yearling at Newmarket and the gelding has now won £120,000 in prize-money for property developers Theo Williams and Charles Mocatta.

Giving 3lb claimer Neil Brown his biggest success, the 16-1 shot foiled the gallant attempt by Ryan Moore on The Queen's runner Kingdom Of Fife to make all the running in this valuable heritage handicap.

Joining the leader two furlongs out, Sirvino forged clear to win by two and three-quarter lengths.

Albaqaa finished strongly for third, two and a half lengths away, with Seeking The Buck fourth.

"I thought he was a nice horse but I never thought we would be here today at the start of the season," said Barron.

"He is a nice horse and has a good attitude. I'm getting older now and I like these types.

"You are dreaming all the time but when you get slot 16 you think, 'oh dear here we go', but Neil's a good lad.

"I left it entirely to him and not to push forward too soon and to get to rail as soon as you can after the bend.

"I've never won this race before and have only had a couple of runners."

Hawick-born Brown, 23, said: "With every run he's got better and better - he's so straightforward.

"I was a further back than I would have liked but I managed to get a run up the rails.

"I thought he (runner-up Kingdom Of Fife) might get going again, but my lad kept battling."

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