Today's racecards

York

  • 14:15 Weatherbys Insurance Lonsdale Cup 2m 88y

  • Winner £79,478 2nd £30,128 3rd £15,078 4th £7,518
  • Going: Good, Good to Firm in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 3m 34.84s
  • Off time: 14:15:39
14:15 York Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Opinion Poll (IRE) 9/2
2nd Samuel 11/2
3rd King of Wands 3/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 (2) 11-0710 Royal Blue, White epaulets, striped cap Akmal 62
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
4 9-4 J L Dunlop R Hills 109 11/26.50
2 (4) 431421 Purple and Emerald Green diabolo, Royal Blue and Yellow halved sleeves, Orange cap Illustrious Blue 20
Nag meDistance Winner
7 9-4 W J Knight Jim Crowley 116 7/18.00
4 (5) 4510-32 Orange, Black stars, halved sleeves Electrolyser (IRE) 20
Nag meDistance Winner
5 9-1 C G Cox P Robinson 114 9/25.50
6 (10) 115-141 Light blue, dark blue chevrons and sleeves, dark blue and light blue quartered cap King of Wands 46
Nag meDistance Winner
4 9-1 J H M Gosden William Buick 106 3/14.00
7 (3) 11660-4 Black and Beige (halved), chevrons on sleeves, Beige cap Moon Indigo 39
Nag me
4 9-1 J Howard Johnson P Mulrennan 92 66/167.00
8 (6) 71-1313 YELLOW, BLACK epaulets Opinion Poll (IRE) 46
Nag me
4 9-1 M A Jarvis L Dettori 107 9/25.50
9 (8) 29312/4 Pink, White sleeves Samuel 46
Nag meCourse Winner
6 9-1 J H M Gosden E Ahern 110 11/26.50
10 (7) 329-028 Royal blue, white epaulets, black cap Tastahil (IRE) 62
Nag me
6 9-1 B W Hills T P O'Shea 111 16/117.00
Non runners
3 (9)7/1131-5Ask79-1Sir Michael StouteNon Runner121
5 (1)434-414Free Agent49-1Richard HannonR Hughes103

Verdict

AKMAL can bounce back to form, in the process seeing off Ask, Samuel and King Of Wands. A penalty makes life tough but John Dunlop's gelding, a Group Two winner at Sandown in May, is expected to cope on ideal ground. Richard Hills keeps the faith and this course winner can bounce back from his Ascot Gold Cup flop, further enhancing the strong record of four-year-old's in this contest. Illustrious Blue also has more weight to carry after this Goodwood Cup victory (favourite went badly wrong, Electrolyser a brave second) and whilst he is not discounted, this is not Goodwood, whilst Ask is the class act in the line-up. He was fifth behind Rite Of Passage at Ascot when really well-backed but this shorter trip is in his favour and he wouldn't mind a drop of rain on the Knavesmire. King Of Wands holds several of his rivals on a form line through Illustrious Blue who he beat at Sandown last month, and along with stablemate Samuel (formerly in the same ownership) he rates a big threat. Opinion Poll cannot be ignored as he steps up in grade given his trainer's recent form.