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Yorkshire Cup tips and runner-by-runner guide to York 3.45 on Friday

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Tower Of London is bidding to make it three wins from three starts for the calendar year in the feature on the final day of the Dante Festival at York, the Group 2 Yorkshire Cup.

The Galileo colt has been one of the shining lights in a tricky start to the season for Ballydoyle master Aidan O’Brien after lucrative successes in Riyadh and Meydan, although further progression will be required to capture this pot.

That’s because he has to cope with a 9lbs swing in the weights with last year’s winner Giavellotto from their most recent meeting in the Middle East when there was 3¾l between them.

Gregory attempts to add another Group 2 to his CV after last season’s Queen’s Vase success, Vauban is back for the first time since his Melbourne Cup flop, while Hamish steps up in grade after five successive wins at a lower level.

The latter holds Al Qareem on form from two recent meetings and Naqeeb completes the field for Friday’s 15:45.

The latest Yorkshire Cup odds are on the Paddy Power website and Paddy Power app, otherwise Timeform’s guide to the runners as well as betting tips from the racing boffins can be found below.

Yorkshire Cup verdict

Timeform: HAMISH hasn’t finished out of the first 2 at pattern level on his last 9 starts, winning 7 of them, and is taken to enhance his excellent strike-rate but there are plenty of dangers in a very strong renewal. The Gosden stable took this 3 times with outstanding Stradivarius in recent years and the yard’s Gregory appeals as one who can develop into a top middle-distance stayer this season so he’s second choice ahead of Tower of London.

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Yorkshire Cup runners and riders

The following horses have been declared for the Yorkshire Cup 2024.

Tower Of London

Trainer: Aidan O’Brien Jockey: Ryan Moore Age: 4 Weight: 9st 6lbs Draw: 3

Improver in the Middle East at the start of this year, bagging valuable prizes around 2m in Saudi and Dubai. The latter was a Group 2 so he’s shouldered with a 3 lb penalty but he can still be expected to play a prominent role.

****

Al Qareem

Trainer: K. R. Burke Jockey: Clifford Lee Age: 5 Weight: 9st 3lbs Draw: 6

Smart performer who won a Chester listed event and Group 3 Cumberland Lodge at Ascot (both 1½m) last season. Good neck second to reopposing Hamish in John Porter at Newbury (1½m, good) on reappearance.

***

Giavellotto

Trainer: Marco Botti Jockey: Oisin Murphy Age: 5 Weight: 9st 3lbs Draw: 1

Smart horse who won this race 12 months ago. Good ¾-length third of 14 to Tower of London on Saudi reappearance and he enjoys a pull in the weights with that rival now. Should give a good account but this looks a stronger renewal than last year.

***

Gregory

Trainer: John & Thady Gosden Jockey: James Doyle Age: 4 Weight: 9st 3lbs Draw: 4

Rapidly developed into a smart performer last year, winning first 3 starts, notably the Queen’s Vase at Royal Ascot (1¾m, good). Ran with credit when third in Great Voltigeur here and fifth in St Leger at Doncaster subsequently. Appeals as one likely to resume his progression as a 4-y-o.

****

Hamish

Trainer: William Haggas Jockey: Age: 8 Weight: 9st 3lbs Draw: 7

Won Group 3s on all 4 starts last season (including C&D) and extended his winning sequence to 5 when edging out the reopposing Al Qareem in John Porter at Newbury on reappearance 4 weeks ago. Looks sure to make a bold bid to make it 6 in a row.

*****

Naqeeb

Trainer: William Haggas Jockey: Jim Crowley Age: 4 Weight: 9st 3lbs Draw: 5

Superbly-bred colt (closely related to top-class pair Baaeed and Hukum) who made a sound return to action when 3¾ lengths third of 6 to Outbox in Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket (1½m ) 14 days ago. This looks a much deeper Group 2 than that one, though.

**

Vauban

Trainer: W. P. Mullins Jockey: William Buick Age: 6 Weight: 9st 3lbs Draw: 2

High-class hurdler and also really smart on the Flat, bolting up in a Royal Ascot handicap over this trip last June before winning a Naas Group 3. Seemingly failed to stay 2m when favourite for the Melbourne Cup on his final start and respected back down in distance on his return to action.

****

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