The John Smith's Cup is the first of three cups being run on Saturday afternoon, and they set off at York at 16:15. It's a big field, so we've looked at the runners and riders to pick out our selections for you.
The two current favourites are Arthenus and Tawdeea, and of the two we would lean towards Arthenus. While Tawdeea looks to have the stronger form, he has taken to running longer distances than this and last time he dropped back to 1m 2f he didn't impress. Arthenus has looked like a solid improver, especially since taking on cheekpieces at Royal Ascot. Rain would be a boost to either horse, but we think Arthenus is the pick of the two and the best place to back him is Coral, at a very reasonable 7/1.
A little further down the listings, we also fancy Revolutionist to do well. His run in the Wolferton Handicap at Royal Ascot was impressive - he finished third, but he was stuck out wide and did well to make his move early despite the fast pace. He can run at the front too, and the good ground should suit him given he won two handicaps over this distance on good-firm in May.
The best place to pick him up is at ToteSport, priced at 14/1.
If you fancy another longer odds bet, Oasis Fantasy might be worth a look each way. He tends to run 1m 4f to 2m these days, but his most recent race was a 1m 4f on this track and he manged a very credible second place. He likes to come from off the pace but we can't see any reason why he shouldn't be able to cope with this distance, and if he can cope with the distance then he's going to feature heavily at the end of the race.
The best place we've found to back him is at BoyleSports, who will give you a very decent 14/1.