2021 John Smiths Cup Betting Odds at York racecourse

Saturday, 10 July 2021

The 2021 John Smith’s Cup will take place on 10 July 2021, with this handicap race occurring at York Racecourse and the betting market looks typically wide open for a race which is run over a distance of one mile, two and a half furlongs.

Last year, the race and the meeting took place in front of an empty house, with the 2020 winner being Sinjaari who won for trainer William Haggas, while Andrew Balding and Sir Michael Stoute have also experienced recent success in this encounter.

Who Are the Betting Favourites for 2021 John Smith’s Cup?

Saeed bin Suroor is a trainer who has one of the horses near the head of the betting market, with Real World running in the Godolphin colours and the four-year-old has been impressive in his runs so far this year, with the runner outrunning his odds of 18/1 to win the Royal Hunt Cup at Royal Ascot on 16 June.

His previous four races had all taken place at Meydan where there have been a series of placed finishes, although jockey Marco Ghiani got a real tune out of the horse when running in that Ascot race and that was over the fairly stiff distance of one mile.

The horse who was sent off favourite for the Royal Hunt Cup was Astro King and the 11/2 favourite finished a credible second which means that the Sir Michael Stoute-trained charge has to be respected this time around, with the horse potentially better over a longer trip although he was beaten into second by nearly five lengths.

Aaddeey could also run a big race for co-trained Ed and Simon Crisford, with the four-year-old only finding a handful of horses too hot to handle when it came to the recent Duke of Edinburgh Stakes at Royal Ascot and he could well threaten to be in the shake up here.

The History of the John Smith’s Cup

The John Smith’s Cup was first inaugurated in 1960, with this being one of the most prestigious races on the York flat racing calendar and it was known as the Magnet Cup until 1998 although the sponsorship has never changed. This is a race open to horses aged three or older, with a purse of £60,000 going to the winning connections.

Fougalle was the first winner of the race in 1960 and there have been a succession of big priced horses that have claimed the spoils along the way, with King’s Warrior a particularly big shot at 33/1 that surprised everyone with a victory in 2012.

Educate was first past the post in 2016 and Euchen Glen was also a big priced winner two years later, triumphing at betting odds of 20/1 for trainer Jim Goldie and emphasising that you need to look outside the favourites for some each-way value.