Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Blue Is the Colour

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Blue Is the Colour

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Byline: By Keith Hamer

Blue Spinnaker can complete a rare treble of Cup triumphs in Yorkshire this season by lifting the John Smith's-sponsored prize at York tomorrow.

The Mick Easterby-trained five-year-old already has the Thirsk Hunt Cup and Redcar's Zetland Gold Cup in the bag.

Now he can lift the 45th running of the oldest commercially-sponsored Flat race in Britain.

Blue Spinnaker has plenty going for him. Trained locally at Sheriff Hutton, he is in the form of his life and will have the services of a good 5lb claimer, Paul Mulrennan.

The apprentice was in the saddle both for the two and a half length win over Vicious Warrior at Thirsk and the neck verdict over James Caird at Redcar.

A single-figure draw is usually crucial for victory and the horse has been lucky in that department as he will come out of stall eight in a maximum field of 22 for this pounds 140,000-added handicap over an extended mile and a quarter.

Easterby's nephew Tim, who trains at Great Habton, can also get on the scoresheet with Bourgeois in the John Smith's Extra Smooth Silver Cup Rated Stakes.

The seven-year-old was third to Hugs Dancer in this race 12 months ago and was not disgraced behind Alkaased in last Saturday's Old Newton Cup at Haydock Park despite being unplaced.

This race is not as competitive and this mile and three-quarters should suit him better.

Mr Velocity finally got off the mark at Redcar last month and, now that he has tasted success, Alec Stewart's four-year-old can follow up in the John Smith's Cask Handicap.

Northern raider Double Obsession can land his second Ascot victory in a month by taking the totesport Stakes. …

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