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  • 15:15 52nd John Smith's Cup 1m 2f 88y

  • (Heritage Handicap) £150,000 added 3yo+ 19 ran
  • Winner £97,035 2nd £28,875 3rd £14,430 4th £7,215
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf
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  • Winning time: 2m 9.74s
  • Off time: 15:18:12

Green Destiny up for the Cup

Cup win written in the stars

Last Updated: 09/07/11 3:58pm

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Green Destiny: Easy winner

Green Destiny: Easy winner

The William Haggas-trained Green Destiny ran out an emphatic winner of the John Smith's Cup at York under apprentice rider, Adam Beschizza.

Sir Michael Stoute's Modan followed at a respectful second whilst Lost In The Moment, who had been tried under different tactics, flew home from off the pace to be third, with the quirky Beachfire, who was carrying a 5lb penalty for his Royal Ascot victory, a well held fourth.

Pekan Star, who had been particulary well supported in the ante-post and the day of race markets, raced much more closely to the pace than ordinarily had been the case.

Asked to close on the leaders with three furlong to travel, he made headway but was unable to quicken again once the winner had made his move.


"He picked up very well," said Haggas.

"He was supposed to do that at Ascot and we came here not certain he would stay.

"I always thought he wanted soft ground but he obviously doesn't. He was very well ridden, I must say.

"I don't imagine the handicapper will be very kind to him, so we'll have to have a think about his next race.

"I've wanted to win this race ever since I started training as I grew up in Skipton."

  • Green Destiny was another winner for our Value Bet tipster, Ben Linfoot, who selected the victor at 9-1.
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