John Smith's Cup
Heritage Handicap, York 15:15
£40,000 added,
3yo plus,
1m 2f 56y, Class 2   
Saturday 18th July 2020

Babbo's Boy made his first start for Ralph Beckett a winning one with an impressive display in the Betway Handicap at Haydock on June 7.

A winner of two of his nine races for Michael Bell in the first two years of his career, the Newmarket handler suggested a change of stables may benefit him after losing his form towards the end of last season.

Brought down the centre of the track by Robert Hornby, the four-year-old quickened away from a field of good handicappers in fine style, with the 16-1 chance coming home three lengths clear of Harrovian.

Beckett said: "He did well for Mike Bell last year, but Mike felt a change of scenery would do him the world of good.

"I think it's fair to say, seeing that, that gelding him and the first-time headgear has also had an influence, too.

"Looking at the way he did that you'd have to think something like the John Smith's Cup, those types of races, might suit him."

Ladbrokes

John Smith's Cup 2019 (Heritage Handicap)
£200,000 added, 3yo plus, 1m 2f 56y, Class 2
21 ran
Going: Good to Firm

POS DIST HORSE AGE WGT TRAINER JOCKEY
1     Pivoine 5 9-8 Andrew Balding Rob Hornby 14/1
2 1 Setting Sail 4 9-4 5ex Charlie Appleby Jamie Spencer 9/2F
3 ¾ What's The Story 5 9-4 Keith Dalgleish Paul Hanagan 12/1
4 2 Another Touch 6 8-13 Richard Fahey Tony Hamilton 50/1
5 hd Afaak 5 9-12 5ex Charles Hills Dane O'Neill 14/1
6 hd Big Kitten 4 8-13 William Haggas Liam Jones 33/1
7 hd Mountain Angel 5 9-10 Roger Varian David Egan 13/2
8 ½ Aasheq 6 9-0 Tim Easterby David Allan 16/1
9 1 Jazeel 4 9-1 5ex Jedd O'Keeffe Sean Davis 11/1
10 ¾ Exec Chef 4 9-2 Jim Boyle Pat Cosgrave 14/1
11 nk Fayez 5 9-1 David O'Meara Cam Hardie 33/1
12 nk Aquarium 4 9-7 Mark Johnston Franny Norton 20/1
13 1 Mordin 5 9-10 Simon Crisford Seamus Cronin 20/1
14 3¾ Restorer 7 9-2 Ian Williams Alistair Rawlinson 50/1
15 1 Waarif 6 9-5 5ex David O'Meara David Nolan 40/1
16 ½ Francis Xavier 5 9-1 Kevin Frost Rossa Ryan 16/1
17 2¾ Leroy Leroy 3 8-6 Richard Hannon Rachel Richardson 33/1
18 shd Stylehunter 4 9-2 John Gosden Robert Havlin 6/1
19 shd Original Choice 5 9-4 Nick Littmoden Ben Curtis 66/1
20 ½  My Lord And Master 4 9-2 William Haggas Cieren Fallon 7/1
21 1hd Scarlet Dragon 6 9-8 Alan King Tom Queally 16/1
11 NR 152-73 Buzz 5 9-2 Hughie Morrison NON RUNNER
20 NR 19 -11657 Hortzadar 4 8-13 David O'Meara NON RUNNER

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