2021 Yorkshire Cup Runner-By-Runner Preview
Matchbook Yorkshire Cup Stakes Runner-By-Runner Preview
The Yorkshire Cup is one of the key staying races in the flat calendar and, for the last two renewals, has been taken by staying superstar Stradivarius. With that horse bypassing the 2021 running of the Yorkshire Cup, however, the race opens up for a new star to announce themselves upon the staying division. Below is our runner-by-runner preview of the Yorkshire Cup, read our thoughts on all five horse’s chances, which include a big race verdict and predicted race 1-2-3.
Sir Ron Priestley (T: Mark Johnston, J: Franny Norton)
2019 St Leger runner-up and off the track for 571-days prior to landing a Listed race at Nottingham last month. Supplemented that with a front-running victory in the Group 2 Jockey Club two weeks ago. Very dangerous if allowed an easy lead once again. Player.
Spanish Mission (T: Andrew Balding, J: William Buick)
Winner of his first two starts for current connections, including last season’s Group 2 Doncaster Cup. Not at that level in three starts since, however, finishing a modest fifth in Dubai latest. Drying ground a plus but has a penalty which makes life tough. Opposed.
Nayef Road (T: Mark Johnston, J: Ben Curtis)
Just one spot behind stablemate Sir Ron Priestley in the 2019 St Leger and developed into quite a useful stayer last season – runner-up in Ascot Gold Cup and Goodwood Cup. Once again had to settle for minor money on reappearance, but still enters calculations here.
Santiago (T: Aidan O’Brien, J: Ryan Moore)
Last season’s Irish Derby winner and subsequently ran well in defeat in the Goodwood Cup and St Leger. Beaten at odds-on in Group 3 company on reappearance, but that run should have knocked the freshness out of him. Remains open to improvement. Major player.
Wells Farhh Go (T: Tim Easterby, J: David Allan)
Winner of the Group 3 Acomb Stakes here in 2017. Has been off the track now for 587-days, however, and his three runs prior resulted in defeats by 36, 17 and 41-length margins. Plenty to find on ratings and only a watching brief can possibly be advised. Up against it.
Big Race Verdict
Just the five go to post here for the 2021 Yorkshire Cup yet this remains a fascinating contest. The small field may work advantageously for Sir Ron Priestley if let loose on the front end, yet with a penalty to carry for his latest Jockey Club win, the preference is instead for Aidan O’Brien’s SANTIAGO. The four-year-old had a fruitful campaign at three, taking the Irish Derby and running creditably in both the Goodwood Cup and St Leger. Always earmarked for a staying campaign by his powerful connections, and with a recent reappearance at Navan likely to have blown away the cobwebs, he rates as the one to beat. Nayef Road does not look up to the class of the aforementioned two, but he should see of Spanish Mission and Wells Farhh Go and therefore gets the nod for third-place.
- Sir Ron Priestley
- Nayef Road