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20 runners to compete in John Smith’s Cup

A maximum field of 20 runners will compete in the 53rd John Smith’s Cup at York.
A maximum field of 20 runners will compete in the 53rd John Smith’s Cup at York.
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A maximum field of 20 runners will compete in the 53rd John Smith’s Cup at York. Horseracing tipsters have marked four-year-old Mijhaar (4-1) as the betting odds favourite to win the £150,000 event. Luca Cumani’s Kirthill will contend at 8-1. Cumani pulled Danadana, previously placed at 7-1, from the York meeting.

Richard Fahey’s Area Fifty One comes in at 9-1 while Navajo Chief and Hajras are each pegged at 10-1. Roger Varian's Mijhaar placed third over a mile on the Knavesmire before occupying the same spot in the Wolferton Handicap at Royal Ascot. Oceanway and Las Verglas Star are the two reserves.

In other horseracing news, Belmont Stakes winner Union Rags is out for the remainder of the year due to a tendon injury. A spokesperson for owner Phyllis Wyeth told Betfair, “I have just received notification from trainer Michael Matz that Union Rags has sustained a minor tendon injury which will mean that he will miss the balance of the 2012 season.”

Union Rags won the Group 1 Champagne Stakes as a two-year-old with a Timeform rating of 124. He also won the Group 2 Sapling Stakes and placed second to Hansen in the Group 1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Churchill Downs in November.