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  • 14:30 Emirates Airline Yorkshire Cup 1m 6f

  • (Group 2) £140,000 added 4yo+ 8 ran
  • Winner £79,478 2nd £30,128 3rd £15,078 4th £7,518
  • Going: Good, Good to Firm in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 2m 58.33s
  • Off time: 14:38:46

Full result

14:30 York Result 13th May 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st (7) Duncan 9-2 W Buick J H M Gosden 6 11/4
Raced keenly, made all, raced alone centre 4f, challenged over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, held on under pressure final furlong opened 3/1 touched 3/1 £1500-£500(x3) £2750-£1000(x2) £2200-£800 £1100-£400(x4)
2nd (4) ½ Blue Bajan (IRE) 8-13 D Tudhope D O'Meara 9 25/1
Held up towards rear in touch, not clear run when switched left and headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on to go 2nd well inside final furlong, held near finish opened 20/1 touched 25/1
3rd (2) ½ Manighar (FR) 8-13 K Fallon L M Cumani 5 7/1
Mid-division in touch, headway to challenge over 2f out, soon ridden, kept on and every chance until lost 2nd well inside final furlong, no extra opened 5/1 touched 15/2 £7500-£1000
4th (8) nk Native Ruler 8-13 T P Queally Sir H R A Cecil 5 5/2f
Mid-division in touch, headway when not clear run over 2f out to over 1f out, ridden and stayed on well inside final furlong, never reached leaders opened 7/2 touched 7/2 £1750-£500 £3000-£1000(x2) £2200-£800
5th (6) Buxted (IRE) 8-13 J Fanning R A Mills 5 33/1
Tracked leaders, outpaced when not much room over 2f out, soon lost place, no impression final furlong opened 25/1 touched 33/1
6th (1) 1 Askar Tau (FR) 8-13 G Baker M P Tregoning 6 5/1
Held up towards rear in touch, headway on outside when bumped over 2f out, soon ridden, kept on same pace, no impresssion final furlong opened 9/2 touched 5/1 £2500-£500
7th (9) 9 Free Agent 8-13 R L Moore R Hannon 5 15/2
Half reared start and dwelt, held up in rear, outpaced 3f out, ridden over 2f out, never on terms, beaten when eased inside final furlong opened 10/1 touched 10/1
8th (5) 10 Electrolyser (IRE) 8-13 P Robinson C G Cox 6 10/1
Tracked winner, challenged over 3f out, soon ridden, lost place over 2f out, weakened over 1f out opened 9/1 touched 12/1
NR (3) Clowance 8-10 J P Spencer R Charlton 6 f

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £0.00 Tote Place: ££1.50,£3.80,£2.10
Straight Forecast: £0.00 Exacta: £0.00 Trifecta: £0.00 Swingers: 1&2:£11.30 2&3:£13.60 1&3:£4.00

Jackpot: £8,871.46 carried forward to Newbury, 14th May
Placepot: £176.30, Pool: £201772.97, 835.38 winning tickets
Quadpot: £51.60, Pool: £9406.91, 134.9 winning tickets

Verdict

DUNCAN, a half-brother to Doncaster Cup winner Samuel, saw out this first run beyond a mile and a half really well and should be a force in the Cup races this season. He has always had a touch of class although hadn't won quite as many races as perhaps he ought to have done but connections decided to geld him after last season and aim him at this race and it would be no surprise to see him deliver on a more regular basis. He was allowed to set his own pace here but the gallop seemed genuine enough and there's no reason to cast aspersions on his stamina on that basis. Buick was also able to grab the favoured rail as a result of leading the field which certainly didn't do his cause any harm but he didn't really asked Duncan for a maximum effort until they'd passed the two pole and he always looked to be doing enough to keep the field at bay. There may not have been any stars amongst his opponents but this was a really solid effort under a penalty and he'll be worth his place in stronger races. Blue Bajan had been absent since February 2010 prior to running a fine fifth in the Chester Cup and showed no ill effects from that run when staying on for second - the same position he filled in this race in 2009. He appears to have run right up to his best and should be a fine advertisement for his up and coming trainer at this level throughout the season if remaining sound. There was also a worry about the bounce factor for Native Ruler who had appeared to have quite a hard race against Dandino on his first start since August 2009 but the one time Derby prospect showed no ill-effects from that outing and kept on well in a contest during which he didn't really get the breaks. A half-brother to Sixties Icon, he got this longer trip well and has very few miles on the clock for one of his age and his trainer has enjoyed plenty of success with Cup horses in the past - he's an interesting prospect but may have earned a rest after two relatively quick runs. Manighar was easy to back on his first start since running twice in Australia in November, including the Melbourne Cup; he has yet to win a race for his current connections but they will have been encouraged by this seasonal return on ground that would have been plenty fast enough. Connections may well seek out opportunities in Europe for this ex-French performer although his campaign may well depend on whether a return trip to Melbourne is the long term plan. Buxted ran as well as can have been expected. Askar Tau was disappointing but would have appreciated a stronger gallop and a longer trip and also got a bump from Blue Bajan as Danny Tudhope engineered some racing room, he can bounce back. Electrolyser was below par and the quirky (though relatively consistent) Free Agent threw in a lacklustre run in first time cheekpieces and both are capable of better than they showed here.