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Newsboy's horse racing tips for Saturday with Pivoine the cup pick


PIVOINE is fancied to join an exclusive club with a victory in the John Smith’s Cup (2.30, NAP) at York today.

Prominent (1971 & 1972) and Chaumiere (1985 & 1986) are the only horses to have captured the historic handicap twice – until now.

Pivoine defends his title with a record of two visits to York and two excellent wins.

The Andrew Balding trainee, who had scored over course and distance at the 2018 Ebor Festival, returned to the Knavesmire to lift this race from Setting Sail 12 months ago, charging down the centre of the course for a one-length margin.

Pivoine has drawn a blank in his seven subsequent starts, but has taken on some rather tough assignments.

There is an upside to the drought – the six-year-old’s handicap mark has slid down to 106, just 2lb higher than the perch from which Pivoine scored from in 2019.

The rhythm of a big-field handicap over York’s extended 10 furlongs clearly suits Rob Hornby’s mount, who is fancied to remain unbeaten at his favourite track.

The crowds watch a race at the 2019 Dante Festival

Saturday selections

YORK

12.15 NOMADIC EMPIRE

12.45 GARSMAN

1.20 EL RAY

1.55 UNIVERSAL ORDER

2.30 PIVOINE (NAP)

3.05 EQUILATERAL (NB)

3.40 ARCTIC FOX

4.10 TRIGGERED

NEWBURY

12.30 COMBINE

1.05 MAXIMAL

1.40 FLY MISS HELEN

2.15 METHOD

2.50 TONYX

3.25 VIRGIN SNOW

4.00 SHINE SO BRIGHT

4.30 LALANIA

5.00 CASUAL REPLY

HAYDOCK PARK

4.20 LOVE EXPLODES

4.50 DEINONYCHUS

5.20 BOUDICA BAY

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5.55 AUTUMN FLIGHT

6.25 NO RECOLLECTION

6.55 DUTCH STORY

7.25 VINDOLANDA

7.55 JAHBATH

8.25 SPLINTER

BATH

4.35 TWILIGHT HEIR

5.05 BAY WATCH

5.35 CAPTAIN RYAN

6.05 DEVILS ROC

6.35 SHOOT TO KILL

7.05 SINGING THE BLUES

7.35 COSTELLO

8.05 HIDDEN DEPTHS

CURRAGH

4.15 COLOUR SERGEANT

4.45 TWILIGHT PAYMENT

5.15 SONNYBOYLISTON

5.45 ROMANISED

6.15 ROMANTIC PROPOSAL

6.45 MERCHANTS QUAY

7.15 CAYENNE PEPPER

7.45 ROCKY BLUE

DOUBLE: PIVOINE and EQUILATERAL





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