The Yorkshire Cup is a flat horse race ( Group 2) held in York, England. It was originally a handicap in 1927 and run over two miles. The race was abandoned during the war and it was revived as a conditions race when peace time resumed. It reverted to a handicap race in 1951 before reverting to its original format in 1952. In 1965, the distance was cut to 1 ¾ miles and in 1971 it was given Group 2 status.

Right now, it is part of the British Champions Series as the first of the long distance races that conclude with the British Champions Long Distance Cup in October. The current Yorkshire Cup is raced over a distance of 1 mile, 5 furlongs and 188 yards at the York Racecourse in York, England.The race is held on the third day of the Dante Festival in York and is scheduled to be run after the Dante Stakes. This year, that day falls on May 17, 2019.

Here are the odds to win the 2019 Matchbook Yorkshire Cup. Odds taken from bet365 as of 5/1/19:

Horse Odds
Stradivarius -125
Capri +500
Kew Gardens +600
Ispolini +600
Dee Ex Bee +800
Flag of Honour +1000
Thomas Hobson +1000
Defoe +1200
Laraaib +1200
Southern France +1200
Young Rascal +1200
Mootasadir +1400
Austrian School +1600
Low Sun +1600
Mildenberger +1600
Pilaster +1600
Desert Skyline +2000
Max Dynamite +2000
Mustajeer +2000
Twilight Payment +2000

“Trophy" Who Are The Favorites?

Stradivarius is a five-year old chestnut horse owned by Bjorn Nielsen and trained by John Gosden. The Irish-bred and British-trained horse emerged as a top-class stayer after winning the Queen’s Vase Cup and Goodwood Cup in 2017. A more dominant 2018 saw him win the Goodwood Cup (again), Yorkshire Cup ( this race), Ascot Gold Cup, Lonsdale Cup and British Champions Long Distance Cup. The 2018 Cartier Champion Stayer of 2018 has won 9 times with one second place and two third place finish in a total of 14 lifetime runs.

Capri is a five-year old Gray colt owned by Sue Magnier, Derrick Smith & Michael Tabor and trained by Aidan O’Brien. The Irish racehorse won three of his five races as a two-year old in 2016. The following year, he emerged as one of the best colts in Europe with wins in the Irish Derby and St. Leger. In 12 lifetime flat races, he’s won  six times with one second and one third place finish.

Kew Gardens is a four year old bay colt owned by Sue Magnier, Derrick Smith & Michael Tabor and trained by Aidan O’Brien. The Irish thoroughbred won two of his five races a juvenile and then emerged at a top horse last year with wins at the Queen’s Vase, Grand Prix de Paris and St Leger. He has four wins two seconds and three thirds in a total of 11 lifetime starts.

Ispolini is a four-year old bay gelding owned by Godolphin and trained by Charlie Appleby.The Newsells Park Stud bred horse has won twice, both in Meydan, this year and also has two second place finishes in a total of four starts in 2019. In a total of nine starts, Ispolini has three wins and three places.

Dee Ex Bee is a four-year old bay colt owned by Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum and trained by M Johnson. He recently won the Longines Sagaro Stakes and has a total of 3 wins, 4 second place and 3 third place finishes in a total of 12 lifetime runs.

“Trophy" Who Wins?

Capri and Kew Gardens are proven in big races and also had big victories last year. With plus money, these two horses have the better betting value if you are looking to make a big payout on your horse racing bets. Stradivarius comes at a premium but there’s a good reason to back him.

This is a race where we have a clear favorite and he is such for a reason. Stradivarius was last year’s Cartier Champion Stayer and that means he was adjudged as the best horse in Europe. He did so after a strong season last year where he picked up five big wins. His 64% winning record is just as impressive. Although he hasn’t raced in 2019, Stradivarius pedigree and resume justifies him as the favorite in this race.

Prediction: Stradivarius

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